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Claremont police arrest suspected Sprint Store burglar

Claremont police arrested an Eastvale man early Monday morning after he was caught breaking into a Sprint Store.

Just before 2 a.m., officers were called to the Sprint Store on 442 Auto Center Drive after a motion alarm activated, Sgt. David DeMetz of the Claremont Police Department said. The first officer arrived within minutes and saw a man walking away from the store carrying a bag.

When the officer tried to contact him, the man, later identified as 51-year-old Michael Mixon, tried to run away but was caught a short distance away after a brief struggle, Sgt. DeMetz said.

Inside the bag was a drywall saw, a dust mask and gloves. Police believe Mr. Mixon accessed the rear maintenance room of the business and cut a hole in the drywall to gain access to the store.

Once inside, police believe Mr. Mixon unplugged power cords to iPhones but was unable to remove them due to security devices. Inside of Mr. Mixon’s nearby car was additional cutting tools and more evidence connecting him to the burglary.

Mr. Mixon was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest. He was on post-release community supervision for burglary at the time, police said.

His court date is scheduled for Wednesday, November 27 at Pomona Superior Court.