Police blotter 11-15-13

Wednesday, November 6

Claremont police stopped two crooks attempting to make off with stolen packages Wednesday morning. Mario Fonseca, a 32-year-old Pomona resident, and Serena Vasquez, a 32-year-old Chino resident, were arrested after allegedly trying to take parcels off a doorstep in the 100 block of Limestone Road, according to reports. Police located the pair driving around the area in a black Honda Fit. Inside the car, officers found multiple packages stolen from five different Claremont residences as well as drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. They were arrested and later released after posting $20,000 bail each. Their arraignment will take place in Pomona Superior Court on December 10.


Thursday, November 7

Vandals took a shot at another Claremont business. Sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6 and 8 a.m. the following day, three windows at Sherwood Florist were found shattered by what is believed to be either a BB gun or slingshot, according to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek. A gray BB was found among the shattered glass. Damages are estimated at about $200. There are no suspects.


Friday, November 8

A romantic evening bonfire ended in trouble for a couple college students on Friday night. Timothy Greenwald, 22, and Kalani Robertson, 21, were enjoying the flames and a glass of champagne when police interrupted the party. Officers were less than pleased with the students’ makeshift campfire, started just 200 feet away from the wilderness park trailhead at Mountain Avenue and Via Santa Catarina. They were cited for the illegal fire ring and for the alcohol.


Saturday, November 9

Police put an end to a teen’s early- morning antics on Saturday. The 17-year-old juvenile was spotted browsing through unlocked cars before police caught up with him in the 800 block of Drake Avenue. The teenager tried to run, but didn’t make it farther than a nearby alleyway before the pursuit was over. To make an unpleasant situation worse, the boy was already wanted for two outstanding warrants—for possession of methamphetamine and the battery of a spouse. He was taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile detention center.


Sunday, November 10

Claremont police are asking the public’s help in identifying a man caught on camera taking a typewriter from a Village business on Sunday afternoon.

The man entered Xerxes For Gents, located at 319 Yale Ave., around 11:43 a.m. and appeared to be browsing. But while the owner was tending to other customers, the man grabbed a black, vintage 1920s “Royal” typewriter from the shelf and, concealing the typewriter with his body, walked out of the store.

Police have obtained video images of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in tracking him down. Any information on the crime or identity of the suspect should be reported to the Claremont Police Department at 399-5420.


Monday, November 11

An unknown person tried to give the owner of a 1992 Honda Accord a jumpstart over the weekend. The car, parked in the 500 block of Blaisdell Drive, was found with the driver-side window pried open and a metal screw in the ignition. There are no suspects.


Tuesday, November 12

Road rage was taken to a heightened level on Tuesday evening near Villanova Drive and Arrow Highway when a driver honked at a passing SUV after almost being hit in the middle of the roadway. The operator of the SUV, none too pleased, began following the other vehicle home. The driver, realizing he was being followed, stopped in a random driveway, at which time the owner of the SUV got out of the car and confronted him, according to Lt. Ciszek. He changed his tune when the driver threatened to call the police. At that point, the man, described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, grabbed the other driver’s cell phone and took off. A report was taken, with an investigation is underway.

—Beth Hartnett



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