Resident, group help capture prowler

CLAREMONT – A resident and neighborhood community group were thanked during a Feb. 26 Claremont City Council meeting for their help in catching a prowler.

Betty Crocker and the group Keeping the Good in the Neighborhood were thanked at the meeting and city manager Tony Ramos gave more information in his Feb. 28 weekly update.

Police responded to a prowler call from a resident Feb. 26 and an on-duty Claremont officer was able to find a possible stolen vehicle believed to be associated with the call.

The Riverside Police Department was asked to contact the owner to see if the vehicle was stolen, according to City Manager Tony Ramos’ Feb. 28 weekly update.
During the wait for the response, a perimeter area was created with the La Verne Police Department and a yard-to-yard search was held north of the school district’s yard on Base Line Road.
While searching the yard, a resident told police about two suspicious persons which officers detained. Both were from Riverside.
Riverside police to Claremont the vehicle was stolen overnight.
A third suspect was found hiding in bushes, and all three admitted to stealing the vehicle, according to the update.
The area is the core of the Keeping the Good in the Neighborhood group.
Crocker worked closely with  police  using the group’s phone tree, e-mail and website to alert and keep residents updated.
The notifications and residents reporting the suspicious activity, according to the update, were key to arresting the suspects.
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