Police blotter 4-23-21
Tuesday, April 13
Claremont Police received a morning call from the manager at the Knight’s Inn, 721 S. Indian Hill Blvd., who reported four young children had been left alone in one of the motel’s rooms. Arriving officers found the unattended kids, ages 6, 8, 9 and 11, who told them their mother, a 30-year-old Bloomington resident, had left them alone while she traveled to Victorville to “get some money from her grandmother,” according to police. The officers then took the children to the Claremont Police Department station on Bonita Avenue, and called their mother to let her know she could find them there. When she arrived at the station at 12:59 p.m., she was arrested for misdemeanor willful cruelty to a child, booked and released with a citation to appear for arraignment in Pomona Superior Court. The children were taken into the custody of Los Angeles County Child Protective Services.
Wednesday, April 14
Claremont’s inanimate crime fighting superstars, its license plate reading cameras, did it again: they picked up a white 2006 Chevy truck that had been reported stolen out of Pomona earlier that day. Cops on patrol at 8:37 p.m. located it near Foothill Blvd. and Towne Ave., and pulled it over. The driver, 37-year-old Ivan Avalos, from Montclair, was arrested without incident on two felony charges of car theft and possession of stolen vehicle. He was booked and released with a citation to appear in Pomona court.
Friday, April 16
In another item from the long list of criminal do’s and don’ts the Police Blotter routinely reinforces in its reporting, two alleged thieves learned when on a crime spree, no matter how hungry one gets, it’s important to endeavor to resist the lure of a delicious, hot pizza. According to police, 26-year-old Long Beach resident Alexandro Rodriguez and his passenger, Alyssa Orosco, 25, from Pomona, were picking up a pie at Little Caesar’s in the Peppertree Square at Indian Hill Blvd. and Arrow Highway when they rolled up on the pair’s black Kia at 3:47 p.m. Police had been looking for the Kia since the city’s license plate reading cameras had earlier pegged it as stolen. Mr. Rodriguez was inside Little Caesar’s fetching the aforementioned pie as Ms. Orosco was questioned by police. They allegedly found her to be in possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and identifying information—including social security cards—for at least 15 people. She was arrested on a felony identity theft charge, and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia and possession charges.
Mr. Rodriguez then emerged from the pizza parlor and was detained as police confirmed through video surveillance that he was in fact the driver of the hot Kia. He was then arrested on three felony counts: car theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and identity theft. A records check revealed a no-bail parole warrant as well. Both suspects were booked at Claremont PD. Ms. Orosco was released with a citation to appear in Pomona Court, and Mr. Rodriguez was issued a citation and transferred to Los Angeles Inmate Reception Center to answer for the parole warrant. The pizza did not survive.
Sunday, April 18
Claremont College Campus Safety received a call around midnight about a suspicious person. A witness said he had stolen hand tools from the bed of a parked pickup truck. They investigated and detained Claremont resident Samuel Kraemer-Dahlin, 31, as he was attempting to flee the scene. Claremont police showed up and arrested Mr. Kraemer-Dahlin at 12:37 a.m. for misdemeanor theft and took him to the station, where he was booked and released with a citation to appear in Pomona court. The tools were returned to their owner.
Later that morning police on patrol made a traffic stop on a black Dodge Dart at 1:52 a.m. near Foothill and Indian Hill boulevards. The driver, Daniel Caruso, a 33-year-old Ontario man, was allegedly found to be in possession of heroin. He was arrested for misdemeanor drug possession, and for an outstanding arrest warrant out of San Bernardino County. He was booked and released with a citation to appear.