A string of mysterious BB gun vandalisms, house burglaries and car smash-and grabs are just a few of the incidents that have kept Claremont police busy this year. With criminals shooting water guns at cars and others falling asleep in the middle of city roadways, whoever said Claremont was quiet? Here’s a look at some of the more notable and zany crimes of 2012.
A trio of crooks was nabbed for conspiracy and a slew of other offenses Tuesday, November 20, after cashing a series of checks using a deceased man’s name. On November 16, a man entered California Bank & Trust at 102 Yale Ave. in Claremont and opened an account with 2 checks signed with the deceased man’s signature. On November 19, the man came into the bank with another individual, who cashed another fraudulent check with the same account.
On Saturday, November 10 Claremont McKenna College rally took a strange turn when a car became engulfed in flames. As part of the rally—which took place at the campus apartments at 671 E. 6th Street—college students purchased a salvaged vehicle with the purpose of allowing students to vandalize and destroy the vehicle, according to Lt. Vander Veen
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.