Police blotter 2-5-21
Tuesday, January 26
The Claremont Police Department received a 6:55 p.m. call regarding a intoxicated man who had allegedly kicked in a window from the outside at Claremont City Council chambers at city hall, 207 Harvard Ave. Arriving officers found the suspect, a 33-year-old homeless man, and arrested him for public intoxication and vandalism, both misdemeanors. After sobering up, the man was released with citation to appear for arraignment in Pomona Superior Court.
Wednesday, January 27
A quick thinking resident called CPD after allegedly witnessing a person steal a package from the front porch of a home in the 4300 block of Hiwassee. The witness gave police a description of the suspect and getaway car, and cops quickly spotted a vehicle matching the description near Base Line Road and Mills Ave., and pulled it over. The car had been reported stolen out of Pomona, and officers arrested the driver, Francisco Jimenez, 31, from Fontana, for felony grand theft auto and misdemeanor theft relating to the purloined porch package. Mr. Jimenez was also on probation for a previous car theft conviction. His passenger, 33-year-old Ontario resident Laura Colin, was also arrested for misdemeanor theft. She also had two warrants out for her arrest. Both were booked, Ms. Colin was released with a citation to appear, and Mr. Jimenez spent a couple days in jail before appearing for his arraignment in Pomona Superior Court on January 29.
Oftentimes police work involves careful, meticulous gathering of evidence, painstaking physical crime scene analysis, and countless other scientific considerations. Then sometimes there’s a drunk person passed out in the bushes, and your work is made simpler. Such was the case at 2:30 p.m. when Claremont PD responded to a call regarding a man enjoying a mid-afternoon beer in front of Stater Bros., 1055 W. Foothill Blvd. Arriving officers found Curtis Johnson, 47, from La Verne, resting his eyes in the planter area outside the store. Rousted, he allegedly showed obvious signs of being intoxicated, and was arrested for misdemeanor public intoxication. After sobering up for a few hours, Mr. Johnson was released with a citation to appear in Pomona Superior Court. That’s where the story should have ended, but …
Friday, January 29
At 1:50 p.m., Mr. Johnson returned to Stater Bros. Since he had been advised to stay off store property as a result of the previous day’s events, a manager called Claremont police, who arrested Mr. Johnson once again, this time for misdemeanor trespassing. He was booked and released, again, with a citation to appear in court.
Saturday, January 30
A CPD dispatcher who had been monitoring the surveillance cameras on the top floor of the city-owned parking structure at 470 W. First St. at 2:13 a.m. noticed people from several cars parked there all emerge and get into a white Buick four door. The dispatcher notified officers on patrol, who soon arrived and began questioning the five people in the Buick. One man, Kevin Galavizdelrio, 23, from Pomona, was on probation for a previous drug and firearm possession conviction, and was allegedly in possession of multiple baggies of cocaine packaged for sale, see photo. He was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance for sale. Another man, 21-year-old Adelanto resident Francisco Galvan, allegedly had a loaded handgun in his front pocket. He was arrested for possession of a concealed firearm, also a felony. Both were booked, and Mr. Galavizdelrio was released with a citation to appear in Pomona court. Mr. Galvan was held in Claremont jail until his February 2 arraignment in the same court.