Police blotter 7.5.13

Wednesday, July 26

There was no Fourth of July barbecuing and no say in the matter for a resident in the 400 block of North Cambridge Avenue. On Wednesday night, the resident discovered their backyard grill/smoker, worth an estimated $150, had disappeared. There are no leads, but a report was taken.


Thursday, June 27

The bad luck continues for Golden State Water. Last week, more than $1500 of property was stolen over a several-day burglary spree at the Golden State Water building at 2165 N. Indian Hill Blvd. By Thursday, June 27, crooks brought that total up to $3500 by breaking into a storage locker and making off with miscellaneous construction equipment. Officers are searching for 2 unidentified Hispanic males linked to the crime.


A 16-year-old male was shopping with mom when he decided it was the ideal time to attempt to sneak off with a free copy of the latest Beach House album at Rhino Records in the Village. He didn’t make it too far. The moment they stepped out the doors,  the security system sounded. He left the store with a citation.


Friday, June 28

Twenty-year-old Andrew Walnum of San Ramon didn’t quite make it home on Thursday night, and neither did his pants. Mr. Walnum was found sleeping on the sidewalk stark naked with a pile of clothes next to him. Last he recalled, he had been drinking with friends at local bars, according to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek. Next he was behind bars. Mr. Walnum was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.


Saturday, June 29

Men soliciting near the AM/PM, 701 E. Foothill Blvd., caught the attention of police on Saturday morning, in addition to the fact that Jairo Gonzalez, 27, of Fontana, Nandy Berdin, 31, of Alta Loma and Larry Haddock, 36, of Pomona, were begging for money at 2:30 a.m. Their body language must have been equally questionable because all 3 men were drug-tested and found to be under the influence of methamphetamine, according to Lt. Ciszek. They were held at the Claremont jail for detox.


Sunday, June 30

A resident was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday around 9 p.m. The victim was walking through a parking lot on the corner of Mills Avenue and Foothill Boulevard when the suspect displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded the victim’s purse.

The suspect then fled eastbound on Foothill Boulevard. He is described as a heavyset Hispanic male, approximately 30 years old, standing 5-feet, 10-inches tall with a moustache. At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing a hat, and a dark jacket over a grsy shirt and dark pants. Investigation continues.


Monday, July 1

A man’s questions were answered with a punch to the face on Monday morning. The man stepped outside his home in the 700 block of Charleston Drive to offer help to an agitated individual standing in front of his neighbor’s house when the stranger lashed out and hit the man in the face. After hitting the man and leaving a lump on the side of his cheek, the stranger got into the passenger’s seat of a car parked nearby and took off. The attacker is described as a tall white male in his 30s, about 130 pounds with brown hair.


Police are puzzled over a strange case of vandalism in the 1300 block of Towne Avenue.  An acidic substance was used to etch the word “Ruin” in 24-inch wide, 18-inch tall white lettering across 2 windows of a vacant business, according to police. The damage is worth approximately $2000.


Their car ride may have ended at Carrows, 401 E. Foothill Blvd., but it didn’t end with a warm meal or a piece of pie. Police stopped 44-year-old Tony Jones of Walnut and 51-year-old Debra Van Hecke of Chino outside the local eatery after it was determined they were driving a stolen vehicle. The stolen vehicle wasn’t officers’ only discovery. A glass meth pipe was found on the passenger’s floorboard. Both Mr. Jones and Ms. Van Hecke were arrested.

—Beth Hartnett


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