An ongoing “call forwarding scam” is occurring in the Inland
Empire, according to the Claremont Police Department.
The scam occurs when the victim receives a collect phone call
from a person posing as a telephone technician, or a jail or
custody officer, stating that a relative of the victim has been
arrested and needs immediate assistance. The caller/scammer
will then ask the victim to dial *72 on the phone dial followed
by a phone number in order to reach the purported “relative.”
Two copper thefts on Thursday, August
11, left the city of Claremont with $30,000
in damages last week, according to police
reports. A similar incident involving copper
was reported in the COURIER last Saturday
August 13. Copper thefts have been on
the rise over the past couple years because
of an increase in the metal’s price, said
Lieutenant Shelly Vander Veen.
Police blotter: On Friday, August 5 a damaged water pipe caused a geyser during a grand theft on the 700 block of South Indian Hill Boulevard. Sometime between Friday, August 5, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, August 6, at 10 a.m., a 3-foot section of copper pipe was removed from outside a local business on Indian Hill Boulevard.
Police blotter: A 24-year-old woman was arrested
after attempting to buy items from Rhino
Records with a fake $100 bill. Rhino
Records employees contacted the police
around 6:39 p.m. when Ashley Marlynn
Dalton, of Perris, Calif., tried to buy
items with a $5 bill that was washed and
altered to look like $100, according to
Detective Robert Ewing.
The Claremont Police Department is requesting help to identify a man accused of sexual assault in Claremont. At 1:30 a.m. on June 18, the man rode his bicycle up to 2 females on the 700 block of West San Jose Avenue, grabbed their buttocks, and fled.