Police blotter 4.12.13

Arrest of woman no laughing matter

On Friday, April 5 Jaime Frey may have been the one to see the comedy show on Friday night, but Claremont police had the last laugh. The 36-year-old skipped out on paying her tab for watching the Flapper’s Comedy performance and walked right into the arms of officers who awaited her at the police department, which happens to be located just down the street from the club. The owner of the club explained the situation to police. After fessing up, Ms. Frey said she would pay for her bill. She reached into her bra, but instead of pulling out money, a bag of methamphetamine fell out, according to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek. Ms. Frey was arrested for possession of a controlled substance as well as for 2 outstanding warrants.


Thursday, April 4

A certain librarian at the Claremont Colleges may have reason for concern after a bizarre repeat offense earlier this month. The staff at the Seeley W. Mudd Library has a series of 6 life-size cutouts of their librarians. Each of these cutouts is placed outside the library on a rotating basis. On April 4, one of the cutouts went missing. Oddly enough, this wasn’t the first time a cutout of this particular male librarian was taken. Around the same time last year, the original cutout went missing. A second report was taken. Any unusual, 6-foot-tall cutout sightings should be reported to the police.


Saturday, April 6

Police are searching for 2 men believed to have been involved in a series of armed robberies throughout the Inland Empire over the past couple weeks. The crooks’ latest incident occurred early Saturday morning at the AM/PM gas station at 701 E. Foothill Blvd. in Claremont. The men brandished handguns as they demanded money from the cashier. They took off west toward Claremont Boulevard. The first robber is described as a thin, 18-to-22-year-old black male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, gray pants and white Adidas shoes at the time of the robbery. The second robber is also a thin, 18-to-22-year-old black male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and brown pants. Any information should be reported to the Claremont Police Department at 399-5411.


Saturday, April 7

Residents in the 700 block of Danville Road were distracted from their usual routine when a neighbor decided to water his plants with a rifle in tow. Adding further panic, one witness claimed the man pointed the gun at several of the neighborhood homes before getting into a car and taking off, according to Lieutenant Ciszek. Police caught up with the man on a nearby street. He was sent for a psychiatric evaluation.


Sunday, April 8

A car burglar stole $280 worth of property from a parked car in the 2100 block of Via Maria Road between 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 and 8 a.m. the following day. The burglar smashed the driver’s side window and took miscellaneous home and office goods, including smoke detectors. Unfortunately a burglary alarm was not among the stolen loot.


A La Verne resident’s stolen purse and checkbook were reported found in the 800 block of Guanajuato Drive, but unfortunately, a little worse for wear. The burnt remains were found in the middle of the street.


Monday, April 9

Claremont police aided in the arrest of 3 men on Tuesday wanted for more than 20 residential burglaries, including one in Claremont.

Diego Aguirre and Juan and J. Trinidad Castillo were arrested on Monday after a search of their homes. Officers from Claremont, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga and Chino assisted San Bernardino County Sheriffs in the search, conducted in the cities of Corona, Fontana and Victorville.

The search revealed property from a home in the 200 block of Villanova in Claremont that had been reported stolen in early February. Stolen property from a series of Chino Hills burglaries over the past 4 months was also found. Claremont police continue to survey the stolen property for other items that may have been taken in reported Claremont crimes.

The Sheriff’s Department held a viewing of the recovered items for potential burglary victims on Wednesday. Those who were unable to make the viewing may contact the Sheriff’s Chino Hills Substation with a report number at 364-2000.


Tuesday, April 10

Claremont police are seeking information following 2 attempted commercial burglaries Tuesday morning. While patrolling Foothill Boulevard around 4:15 a.m., police found the door at Hush Serenity, 965 W. Foothill Blvd., had been smashed. However, it appears nothing had been stolen. An hour later, officers responded to Eureka Burger after the burglary alarm was set off. The door was pried open, but nothing appeared to be missing, according to a news release. Any information on either of these crimes should be reported to the Claremont police at 399-5411.

—Beth Hartnett



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