Claremont Insider: Monday Crime Report

Monday, August 11, 2008

Monday Crime Report

There were some noteworthy items the Claremont Police Department's page on the city's website, beginning with a mini-property crime wave in Northwest Claremont and a strange attack at the Laemmle Claremont 5 Theatre:

Residential Burglaries in Northwest Claremont

Three residential burglaries took place on Thursday, August 7th, between the hours of noon and 7pm. Property taken included TV, Wii, laptop computers, jewelry, and musical instruments. The burglaries occurred:

* 2000 block of Cape Cod Ct.
* 500 block of Scripps Dr.
* 400 block Mt. Carmel Dr.

Just before the Scripps Dr. burglary, a male teen knocked on a neighbor's door asking for "Jessica", but no one by that name lives there.

Possible Suspect: Male white, slight build, 17 to 19 years old, 5'7" tall, short brown hair, wearing a striped shirt and dark colored pants. No vehicle was seen.

Residents are encouraged to call the Police Department immediately at 626-1296 if they observe suspicious activity.

Tires Slashed in Northwest Claremont

During the evening of Tuesday, August 5th, two vehicles were vandalized with single or multiple tires punctured/slashed while parked in the driveways of residences in the 1900 block of Lock Haven Way.

During the evening of Thursday, August 7th, additional vehicles were vandalized in the same fashion and in the same general area. There were four victims in the 1500 and 1600 blocks of Mural Dr., one victim in the 1500 block of Lynoak Dr., one victim in the 1600 block of Sumner Ave., and one victim in the 1200 block of Hillsdale.

The punctures/slashings appear to have been made with a knife or similar sharp object. The suspect is unknown at this time. The times of occurrences appear to be between 9pm and 6am.

Disturbance & Theft at Laemmle Theater Results in Arrests

On Monday, July 29, 2008 at about 7:02 pm, officers responded to a call of a disturbance at the Laemmle Theater, 450 W. Second St. Officers discovered that a male and female subject had been creating a disturbance in a theater showing the Batman movie by talking loudly and repeatedly walking in and out. The suspects then initiated an altercation with a couple sitting behind them when their chair was accidentally kicked. The suspects began to strike the victims, a 30-year-old female and a 40-year-old male, both Claremont residents, about the head with their fists. The female suspect then grabbed the purse of another patron, a 53-year-old female Upland resident, and the suspects fled in a vehicle.

A witness provided the description and license plate of the suspect vehicle. Officers located and stopped the suspect vehicle on Bonita Ave. near Towne Ave. in Pomona. Arrested for grand theft and battery were Marinus Rankin, a 21-year-old male transient, and Marissa Beale, a 19 year-old female San Dimas resident. The stolen purse was recovered and returned to the owner. The two assault victims sustained minor cuts on their faces and refused medical attention at the scene. Rankin and Beale are currently being held in the Claremont PD jail.

* Laemmle Theater Disturbance Press Release