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Police blotter 2.16.13

Man scales to new heights, claims he was looking for work

Patrick Williams will go to great lengths to get a job, at least if you buy his story. Mr. Williams was seen breaking into the Harvey Mudd construction site at Dartmouth and Foothill Boulevard by scaling the 10-to-12 foot tall fence. Shortly after entering the site, Mr. Williams was joined by Campus Safety officers. He claimed to be taking a look around the development in hopes of finding employment. It proved to be difficult as no construction was taking place at the time. Mr. Williams had an outstanding warrant for failure to pay for public transportation and was arrested.

Just a few days later another man trespassed onto the same construction site, but with a little more stealth than Mr. Williams. On February 12, approximately 40 feet of copper piping was found cut and carted away. Investigation is underway.

Thursday, February 7

A 30-year-old Rancho Cucamonga resident’s fashion show came to an end before it even began. Jennifer Agosto was attempting to leave The Little Dress Shop, 214 Second St., with a few little dresses in hand, but employees were quicker than the not-so-stealthy fashionista. Ms. Agosto walked right into jail time.

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A Fontana lawbreaker left an easy trail for Claremont police. Police arrived to the Bucknell/San Jose Avenue area to investiaget a subject seen throwing trash out of a car window. When police arrived, it wasn’t difficult to spot the accused—trash was found on the ground around a parked vehicle. Inside, police found 21-year-old Andrew Artiaga. Police were greeted with another surprise right out in the open: a 40-inch tall green compressed gas tank and a series of balloons strewn along the floorboard. Mr. Artiaga admitted to using the gas and the balloons to huff, and was arrested.

 

Friday, February 8

Police continue to search for a vandal responsible for scribbling swastikas across Claremont College campuses. On Friday evening, a 10-inch swastika was found drawn in the men’s restroom located on the first floor of the Claremont School of Theology, 1325 N. College Ave. The symbol had been drawn in blue ink. The same pen had been used to draw similar-sized swastikas in the men’s restroom at Honnold Library and several other locations. Police are investigating the matter.

 

Saturday, February 9

Eighteen-year-old Asael Saldana was found lying near a set of bushes in the 800 block of Endicott Drive. Residents notified police. Mr. Saldana had been reported missing from a rehabilitation center in Chino Hills and was found under the influence of a stimulant. He was returned to the facility.  

 

Sunday, February 10

Maybe the scent will lead police to the latest burglary ring in Claremont. Burglars entered a home in the 300 block of South College Avenue between Saturday evening and Sunday morning by prying open a rear window. Among the stolen loot was jewelry and cologne.

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Beggars can’t be choosers, but a man asking passersby for money in the Claremont Village Sunday afternoon would beg to differ. After a woman handed him a dollar, the man allegedly began kicking the woman’s car repeatedly in anger over the low amount. He left a dent in the car before taking off. He is described as a 35-year-old black male with brown eyes, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 130 pounds.

 

Tuesday, February 12

“Where’s my army?” asked a man, attempting to set up camp on the first floor of the Village West Parking structure when approached by Claremont police. He cupped his hands into fists and attempted to fight police, but was soon apprehended. Jeffrey Oehrig, 39, was arrested.

—Beth Hartnett

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