Police Blotter 3.8.13

Thursday, February 28

Snooping caused troubles for a 19-year-old La Verne resident seen peering into backyards near Mills and Miramar Avenues. In one case, Emmanuel Salazar was seen climbing onto a cement wall with one leg over before recalculating his decision. Police put an end to his sleuthing, arresting Mr. Salazar for prowling.


Friday, March 1

A drunken brawl reported in the parking lot of La West Liquor, 333 E. Arrow Highway, turned out to be less of a brawl than the outburst of a loud drunk individual. Though there was no fight, police did find a couple individuals talking, one of whom was determined to be unable to care for his safety, according to Detective David De Metz. Thirty-six-year-old Michael Baird of Fontana was held at the Claremont jail until sober.


Sunday, March 3

A suspected break-in attempt proved the strength of a local bank’s windows. Sometime between 5 p.m.  on Saturday, March 2 and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, an unknown person threw a large rock at the window of the Chase Bank on 865 S. Indian Hill Blvd. The heavy object proved insufficient, causing the window to shatter but not to break apart. No entry was made.


Monday, March 4

Trevon Perry-Vandaveer, 21, of Rancho Cucamonga shattered a car window in the 800 block of Decatur on Monday night and successfully stole a stereo amplifier. He let his eagerness get the best of him and proved less lucky when he went back for more. Attempting to steal the speaker box, he was caught off guard by the owner of the vehicle. Though Mr. Perry-Vandaveer fled, he was taken down by Claremont police, who found him still in possession of the stereo amplifier. He admitted to his crime. Mr. Perry-Vandaveer was arrested for burglary and for possession of stolen property.


Claremont police are searching for a man involved in an armed robbery Monday night. Just after 9 p.m., the man entered the Chevron Gas Station at 860 S. Indian Hill Blvd. and held a chrome handgun at the cashier, demanding cash. He took off through the parking lot with $500, according to a news release.

The robber is described as a Hispanic male between 20-30 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds, wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt and blue pants. Any information should be reported to Claremont police  at 399-5411.

Tuesday, March 5

Police are searching for a bicycle gang wanted for attacking an innocent bystander in Claremont Tuesday night. The victim was walking along San Jose Avenue around 9:30 p.m. when 5 men on bicycles approached him. One asked him for a lighter, while another offered to sell him weed. Caught off guard by the questions, the victim was further unneerved when one of the men struck him in the head with a closed fist, according to Det. De Metz. Fearing for his safety, the victim took off toward Mountain Avenue. The bicycle crew took off in an unknown direction as well.

The victim was able to describe 3 of the bicyclists as 18-year-old Hispanic males, each between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds. Two had black spiked hair.

—Beth Hartnett



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