Police blotter 1.12.13

Wednesday, January 2

“Want some of this?” yelled 41-year-old Chris Herrin of Glendora to police standing across the street at Claremont City Hall on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Herrin, who was leaning against a pole for support, was arrested for public intoxication.


Though 20-year-old Fernando Rivera of Azusa tried to drive away unnoticed after a solo car accident in the 1000 block of Monte Vista Avenue around 11:30 p.m., crashing into the fence of Corey Nursery didn’t provide him with the ability to drive away unseen. Police were notified of the hit-and-run and were able to catch up with Mr. Rivera near Mills Avenue. He admitted to drinking two 40-ounce cans of Cobra beer and was arrested for driving under the influence in addition to the hit-and-run, according to Lieutenant Shelly Vander Veen.


The Claremont Colleges are out $4000 in supplies after thieves raided a construction site near the Platt Campus Center in the 300 block of East Foothill Boulevard. Miscellaneous power cords, welding lead and ground wire were stolen. A report was taken.


Thursday, January 3

A man eating at Subway wearing a black beanie and black gloves aroused the suspicion of employees Thursday night, who called police worried he was preparing to rob the store. While that didn’t turn out to be the case, the man did end up in custody. Mark Bautista, 40, of Covina was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and for an outstanding warrant for a municipal code violation out of San Bernardino County.


Friday, January 4

Claremont’s residential burglaries continue, the latest casualty a home in the 1000 block of Whitman Avenue. Burglars entered the home between December 29 and January 4 by kicking open a locked rear door, according to Lt. Vander Veen. A MacBook Pro computer valued at $2000 was stolen. There are no suspects.


Saturday, January 5

A resident of the Brighton Park Apartments at 1415 Morton Ave. is learning about Claremont’s recent problems with car thefts the hard way. The resident’s car, left unlocked, was rummaged through between Saturday, January 5 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, January 6 at 3 a.m. $150 worth of personal items including sunglasses and a cell phone charger were stolen.


Sunday, January 6

A Thompson Creek Trail hiker returned to her car after an early-morning exercise session to find her purse stolen. Her fatal mistake? She had left her window cracked about an inch, enough for a crook to unlock the door and grab the purse, police speculate. The stolen purse and credit cards are worth an estimated $25.


Monday, January 7

Shannon Bomar, 35, of Pomona didn’t dodge officers’ questions when found walking around the area of Mills Avenue and Charleston Drive Monday morning with 7 syringes in his pocket. Mr. Bomar admitted to using the needles for “shooting up meth” and was arrested for being in possession of drug paraphernalia.


Of the many products found at the Sprouts Farmers Market, 835 W. Foothill Blvd., 23-year-old Jabari Bonds decided to take off with one item not for sale. Mr. Bonds made off with a white bicycle that he had managed to take down from a mounted display. The act didn’t go unnoticed. Employees called police as Mr. Bonds rode off on the stolen bike. They caught up with Mr. Bonds at Towne Avenue, where he was arrested for burglary.


Tuesday, January 8

An argument ended in a pantsless situation Tuesday morning. After fighting with his ex-girlfriend in her hotel room at the Doubletree Hotel, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., a man took off with the woman’s only pair of pants in tow. Neither the man nor the pants have been found.

—Beth Hartnett


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