Church did not prove to be a sanctuary for a 15-year-old male hiding from police. The juvenile proved an easy find in a couple of games of “hide and seek” Saturday morning. While hiding out in some bushes on the side of a residence in the 1600 block of Rutgers Court, it soon became apparent he chose the wrong patch of foliage. His hiding place was located in front of a side window in plain view of the 86-year-old resident.
Two $1400 laptops were stolen in a bizarre coffeehouse theft Monday night, January 21. Both laptops were torn away from underneath the fingertips of their owners, working unaware on their computers at the Starbucks on Yale Avenue in the Claremont Village. Two men simultaneously stole the laptops and ran off into a dark-colored sedan waiting on Second Street, driven by another male. The 2 thieves are described as black males in their early 20s, both about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 170 pounds. A similar incident was reported at a Starbucks in Chino the same day, but a connection is unknown.
Police are searching for 2 men suspected of car theft in the 400 block of Charleston Drive on Friday morning.
Police reported to Charleston Drive around 3:45 a.m. after a resident reported seeing 3 suspicious men that the resident believed were possibly breaking into vehicles. Officers found one of the men sitting in a stolen van parked along the street. The man was arrested for the stolen van and for stolen property located within.
“Want some of this?” yelled 41-year-old Chris Herrin of Glendora to police standing across the street at Claremont City Hall Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Herrin, leaning against a pole for support, was under the influence of alcohol and arrested for public intoxication.
The Claremont Police Department has provided some level of respite for victims of the city’s recent Bonnie Brae Avenue burglaries.
Three men believed to be involved with the Claremont burglary spree are behind bars. The Los Angeles County District Attorney has filed 2 felony counts of residential burglary against the three Los Angeles residents, Claremont Police announced Monday afternoon.
Two homes were burglarized on December 26 in the 2200 and 2600 block of Bonnie Brae Avenue, marking just one of several such incidents in the north Claremont neighborhood in recent months.
Claremont’s last arrest of 2012 and first arrest of 2013 share a common factor: too much alcohol. Police were called to the 1400 block of Mural Drive around 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to deal with reports of a man yelling in the middle of a residential driveway. Though 66-year-old Raymond McNeish claimed the home was his, he was about 13 miles off as his actual home was determined to be located in Azusa. Mr. McNeish was arrested for public intoxication.
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.