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Couple arrested because of victim's quick thinking

A 20-year-old victim used her street smarts Tuesday morning, June 12, to lead Claremont Police to the capture of 2 crooks.

The woman was standing outside Wolfe’s Market, 160 W. Foothill Blvd., when the passenger of a gold Ford Focus forcibly grabbed her cell phone out of her hand, got back in the car and quickly sped away, according to Lieutenant Shelly Vander Veen. Though the thieves may have thought they had gotten away, the last laugh was on them. The victim was able to provide the vehicle’s license plate to the police, who were able to identify the crooks and placed the car on a “wanted list”. The next day Corona police contacted Claremont officers after finding the vehicle in their city. Claremont Police responded and arrested Elizabeth Brown, 35, of Corona, and Calvin Smock, 31, of Pomona. Unfortunately, the stolen cell phone has not been located. Ms. Brown is being held at the Claremont jail for $50,000 bail while Mr. Smock is being held without bail due to his status as a parolee at large.

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