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Police blotter 5-14-21

Wednesday, May 5

Claremont’s license plate reading camera or cameras (the actual number and locations are a closely held secret) have been playing a starring role in the Blotter as of late, and this week is no exception; they helped recover three more hot cars, with two of the arrests of the same alleged thief!

The first occurred at 1:50 a.m. near Towne Ave. and Arrow Hwy., when Claremont Police Department officers located a stolen black 1989 Toyota Camry. Officers searched the car and allegedly found burglary tools, and arrested the driver, Jonathan Aguirre, 29, from Pomona, for two felony counts of car theft and possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of burglary tools, a misdemeanor. Mr. Aguirre was booked and released with a citation to appear in Pomona Superior Court.

Claremont police received a 3:50 p.m. call regarding a man lying down near the entrance of the Claremont Unified School District offices at 170 W. San Jose Ave. Arriving officers say 32-year-old Diamond Bar resident Brett Halstead was in possession of black tar heroin and a hypodermic needle, and a records check revealed he was on parole for a felony carjacking conviction. Mr. Halstead was arrested, transported to police headquarters, booked and released with a citation to appear in court. 


Thursday, May 6

Those license plate readers were at it again, alerting Claremont police to another stolen car. This time it was a red 2014 Ford Explorer reported stolen in Montclair the day prior. Officers stopped the driver, Lynnette Johnson, 57, from Pomona, near Foothill Blvd. and Towne Ave. at 3:13 p.m., and arrested her on two felony counts of car theft and possession of a stolen vehicle. Her 41-year-old passenger, Damon Bell, also from Pomona, had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant out for his arrest, and was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested on the misdemeanor drug charge and for the warrant.


Saturday, May 8

Jonathan Aguirre, 29, from Pomona—yes, the same alleged car thief from Wednesday, May 5—was apparently unmoved by his recent arrest, as he was once again picked up for two more felonies, car theft and possession of a stolen vehicle, when the cameras caught him motoring around in a hot grey 2013 Subaru at 7:50 a.m. This time Mr. Aguirre added in the misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. He was again booked and released with a citation to appear.


Tuesday, May 11

A 32-year-old Claremont woman walked into the lobby of the police station at 10:21 a.m. to report she had been assaulted by her housemate, a 41-year-old man. Police say the woman had a one inch laceration to her right inner lip, as well as bruises on her left arm and the back of her head. Police then went to the home and arrested the alleged assailant. He was booked for felony domestic violence and jailed. He later posted $50,000 bond and was released, pending a May 26 appearance in Pomona Superior Court.


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