A Claremont Unified School District employee found himself in the right place at the right time Wednesday afternoon, helping to take down 2 suspects wanted for a theft at El Roble earlier that day. Between 10:30 p.m. the previous day and 5:45 a.m. that morning, 4 aluminum tables and seats worth an estimated $5,000 were stolen from the intermediate school’s lunch area.
A phone-snatching couple wanted for several crimes in the Claremont area over the last week is finally behind bars. Ashley Peters, 20 and Brian Beauchamp, 22, of Corona, are being held for 2 counts of petty theft and one count of robbery. The first incident took place on Thursday, September 27, near Mills Avenue and Ninth Street. Ms. Peters jumped out of a black Honda Civic and asked to use the victim’s cellphone. When the victim agreed, Ms. Peters got into the car and Mr. Beauchamp drove off.
A purse-stealing crook didn’t get far from the scene of a crime in the Village late Tuesday afternoon. Christopher Renteria, 37, of West Covina, grabbed the purse from a customer dining at 42nd Street Bagel, 225 Yale Ave., and got into the passenger seat of a maroon Mitsubishi Galant. A witness was able to provide police with a description and license plate number. See Claremont's complete police blotter activities in our Saturday edition.
On Saturday, August 4, Derrick Chiaratti, 26, of Rancho Cucamonga was found sound asleep behind the wheel of his Toyota Corolla around 5:15 a.m. However, his slumber was taking place while in the middle of the right-hand lane off the intersection of Foothill and Indian Hill boulevards, his car still in drive with his foot on the brake. Even stranger, he was found asleep with a knife in his hand. Claremont police had such an unusual week, the police blotter makes our headlines.