Police blotter 7.28.12

Man trades water gun for handcuffsMira Loma resident Raul Zarate, 32, beat the heat Thursday afternoon by shooting cars with a water gun at the intersection of Auto Center Drive and Indian Hill Boulevard, according to a police report provided by Detective David DeMetz. Unfortunately for Mr. Zarate, his choice of an afternoon “cool down” drew cops’ attention to the fact that he was also a parolee-at-large. Mr. Zarate’s water gun was traded in for handcuffs.

High-speed pursuit leads Claremont police to San BernardinoA high-speed pursuit ended in arrest Friday night, but not before traveling clear into San Bernardino. The chase began around 9 p.m. on South Indian Hill Boulevard near the 10 freeway. The man failed to stop for Claremont police, who were alerted of the stolen car, instead leading them on the 10 freeway headed west. He attempted to throw police off his path by exiting at Dudley Avenue, running a stop and heading back onto the freeway going east, but police continued in pursuit. Claremont police exited the chase around Vineyard Avenue in Ontario, at which time California Highway Patrol and other agencies took over, according to Det. DeMetz. The chase reached speeds of 120 miles per hour, and called for additional support including the use of a helicopter. The man was finally detained in the 2000 block of Fifth Street in San Bernardino. Police arrested a 16-year-old juvenile with previous stolen vehicle arrests, said Det. DeMetz. He is being held at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall. No injuries were sustained during the pursuit.


Wednesday, July 18

A resident in the 1900 block of Appalachian left home to run errands around 12:30 p.m., returning around 6:45 p.m. only to add another item to the “to do” list: filing a police report. An unidentified crook forced entry into the home through 2 locked garage doors, taking a laptop computer before fleeing. Property loss is estimated at about $600.


Thursday, July 19

Investigation continues into the cause of a fire at the Claremont Village Commons, 957 Arrow Highway. The fire reportedly began around 6 p.m. The blaze was spotted in a carport of the complex and extinguished before the flames could spread. The cost of the damage was unknown as of press time.


Friday, July 20

Wanted: a man last seen riding off on a stolen blue, 10-speed beach cruiser with accompanying basket. Described as a 30-year-old Hispanic man with a shaved head and mustache, the thief took the bike from an open garage in the 400 block of Marygrove Road around 10:45 a.m. He was last seen riding east, wearing a blue shirt and gray pants. Information should be reported to the Claremont Police Department at 399-5411.


A 25-year-old wandered into Absolutely PC, 335 E. Arrow Highway, and stole a laptop computer. The man asked to take a look at the used Apple laptop and once the computer was in his hands dashed to a silver Toyota Corolla and fled before he could be stopped. He is described as 5 foot 9 inches tall, wearing a brown shirt and weighing about 220 pounds. The driver was reportedly wearing a black shirt and tan pants. A follow-up investigation continues.


Saturday, July 21

The sale of a used iPhone left its salesperson in the red Saturday evening. The woman’s transaction took place at the Chevron/McDonalds, 860 S. Indian Hill Blvd., around 10:30 p.m. She traded the phone with a pair of gentleman sitting in a parked red vehicle. They gave her 6 counterfeit hundred-dollar bills in exchange. It wasn’t until they sped off that the woman realized she had been swindled. The thieves, described as 2 black males, were last seen driving onto the 210 freeway heading east.


Monday, July 23

Police are searching for a man involved in an early-morning break-in in the 400 block of West Foothill Boulevard. It is believed that the man entered Pacifica Recovery Services through a rooftop door, according to a city news release. Though several computer stations had been moved, police believe the crook was stopped before any of computers could be stolen. The business owner is in the process of identifying what might have been taken.

Police describe the man as tall and thin, wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and black shoes. Information should be reported to the Claremont Police Department at 399-5411.


Tuesday, July 24

A woman running up to cars and asking for a ride in front of the Packing House ended up catching a lift with Claremont police. The intended destination, however, was probably not the same. Joleen Archibald, 27, of Simi Valley, was found to be under the influence of alcohol and arrested for public intoxication. She was held at the Claremont Police Department until sober.

—Beth Hartnett


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