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Theft leaves Strawberry Patch without $12,000 in equipment

On Wenesday, August 15 more than $12,000 in equipment was stolen from the Claremont Strawberry Patch, located on the corner of Base Line Road and Towne Avenue, between Monday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 15. Among the stolen loot was a $5000 rototiller, a $2500 cooling fan and $3000 worth of wiring.

A day later, 2 women were arrested for taking a pair of scamper jacks from the Strawberry Patch totaling an estimated $400. Janis Koziol, 55, and Cheryl Inge, 49, both of La Verne, claim they had attempted to contact the owners of the patch numerous times, but with no luck. Because the scamper jacks were rusted and found in a pile of other metal items, they assumed the property was unwanted and took it. A connection between the 2 Strawberry Patch thefts is unknown at this time.

Lots more Claremont police blotter coming Friday and Saturday.

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