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Police blotter 9.20.13

Thursday, September 12

Residents in the 700 block of Occidental Drive received an unwelcome wake-up call on Thursday morning. Mary Perez, 34, of Ontario, took it upon herself to help the neighborhood rise and seize the day around 1:30 a.m. by repeated honking her car horn. While neighbors received an interrupted night’s sleep, Ms. Perez received jail time, as it turns out she was intoxicated and unable to care for herself, according to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek. She was arrested for being drunk and disorderly as well as for an outstanding warrant.

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For a college student moving into her dorm on Thursday, accepting a helping hand ended up turning into an unexpected personal handout. The student alleges she was approached by a couple of 20-year-old men in the 400 block of Tenth Street, who offered to help her carry a box of clothes to her room. She welcomed the help, only to discover the box and the boys were soon missing. Police have a detailed list of each item missing, but no suspects. Both young men are described as having a medium build and dark hair. One was about 5 feet 10 inches tall, the other was about 5 feet 8 inches, according to the victim. Any information should be reported to the Claremont Police Department at 399-5411.

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Crooks made off with a treasure trove of loot after breaking into a home in the 1100 block of Cooke Avenue on Thursday night. An estimated $1000 in gold rings and $1200 cash was stolen. Police are following up on a potential lead.

 

Friday, September 13

A resident in the 800 block of West Bonita Avenue received an unpleasant update to her car, parked outside her home on Friday afternoon. All 4 tires of her Honda had been slashed with some choice words scribbled onto the car bed in black marker, according to Lt. Ciszek. More than $800 in damages is estimated. Investigation continues.

 

Saturday, September 14

A local charitable organization was targeted in a Saturday afternoon burglary at the Claremont Packing House. Thieves entered the Claremont Forum through the store’s west doors, which face the entrance to the parking garage, and made off with $100 in coins and $30 in cash. There are no suspects.

A second nonprofit was nabbed just 2 days after the Claremont Forum burglary. Burglars pried their way into the Claremont Community School of Music, located at 951 W. Foothill Blvd., on Monday, September 16. They made off with 5 electronic keyboards to the tune of $1600.

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Some thieves got creative in an attempt to steal money from an ATM machine at Bank of America, located at 1025 W. Foothill Blvd. The bandits tried to strike it rich by attempting to break into the ATM machine from above. However, their clever attempt at stealth and savings ended up sounding off the burglary alarm. The thieves took off empty-handed.

 

Monday, September 16

Cops and helicopters came to the aid of a man found unconscious at College Park on Tuesday night. He was breathing, but unresponsive, according to Lt. Ciszek. Officers allege an alcohol overdose may have been the cause of the man’s unconsciousness. Since it was unknown if the man had sustained head injuries, he was transported to USC Medical Center via helicopter—a part of LA County protocol, according to Lt. Ciszek.

—Beth Hartnett

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