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Police blotter 10.4.13

Burglary spree targets Claremont Colleges

Burglars made a spree through three of The Claremont Colleges over a four-day period last week, beginning Friday, September 27 and ending on Monday, September 30. Twice crooks targeted Edmunds Hall on the Pomona College campus. The first attempt was unsuccessful, but on a second round an office was pried open and computer-related items valued at $280 were taken. The Keck Science Center was also hit twice. In one case, a $1580 laptop was stolen, in the second a man’s wallet was relieved of $50 and discarded. A Sixth Street dorm room was also burglarized, with the swindler making off with $550 in stolen property. Reports were taken, but there are no suspects.

 

Thursday, September 26

After a close call at the MW Smoke Shop in Peppertree Square earlier this month, burglars were able to successfully gain entry into the smoke shop located at 444 Auto Center Drive early Thursday. Police arrived to the shop around 2:30 a.m. to check on an alarm activation. The front window of the store was found smashed in and the security screen pried off. An undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes were stolen, according to police reports. Any information on this crime should be reported to the Claremont Police Department at 399-5411.

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A man meeting up with a coworker’s husband to collect a shipment for work received something else entirely. The man got a kick to the groin by the disgruntled husband, 43-year-old Luis Carnero of Rialto, who accused the man of having relations with his wife. The man tried to call the cops, but Mr. Carnero threatened to shoot him if he followed through. Police did eventually catch up with the perpetrator, who admitted to the confrontation. Mr. Carnero was arrested for criminal threats and battery.

Friday, September 27

Police are investigating a case of sex trafficking that surfaced in the city of Claremont on Friday. A 16-year-old girl from Oakland placed a 9-1-1 call from Auto Center Drive to alert police that she ran away from home with a man who was using her as a prostitute, according to Lt. Ciszek. Police were able to rescue her, but were unable to locate the man. He remains at large. Police are working with Homeland Security in an attempt to bring him to justice.

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A nighttime ride on the Greyhound grew intense on Friday night when a passenger claimed that 54-year-old Tod Andrey of Fontana was brandishing a knife and threatening to stab a female passenger. Whether or not Mr. Andrey actually threatened the woman is unclear. Police did, however, find him in possession of a large dagger tucked away in his back pocket when he exited the bus at First Street and Yale. He was arrested for possession a weapon.

 

Saturday, September 28

A local college student brought to life the classic nursery rhyme of “My Son John,” with one shoe off and one shoe on, according to details of a police report taken on Saturday. Though instead of being in bed, as the story goes, 21-year-old Jessica Nolasco was spotted running down the center median at Foothill and Mills. She was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

 

Sunday, September 29

A boy’s Sunday afternoon entertainment landed him in trouble with local police. Officers responded to Sycamore Elementary School on reports of a fire. They arrived to find burned leaves that were piled on top of a plastic beverage container in one of the school hallways. After questioning a group of boys playing at the school, one admitted to burning the leaves. The youth was cited and released to his parents. No damage was reported.

 

Monday, September 30

A burglar made off with an unknown amount of drugs stolen from the pharmacy at the Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 Monte Vista, on Monday morning.

Police responded to the location around 3:53 a.m. to find a smashed windowpane on the side of the building. Surveillance footage shows a man dressed in all black stuffing pharmaceuticals into a bag. The amount of property loss has not been determined. Any information on this crime should be reported to the Claremont Police Department at 399-5411.

—Beth Hartnett

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