Tag Archives: Chino Crime

Jewelry Heist Suspects Wanted

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Chino- On October 27, two suspects entered the Superior Market located on 12375 Central Ave next to the Chino Police Department, where they stole from the Jewelry Store inside. The two male suspects also targeted the Superior Market located at 1130 West Sixth Street in Corona on October 31.

According to the Corona Police Department, the victim said two black male adult suspects entered the store and walked to the jewelry kiosk. The suspects asked about the jewelry and the employee opened the display case for them. As the employee briefly turned around, one suspect leaned over the counter and removed two trays of jewelry. Although a witness left before the Corona PD was able to arrive, the witness let the employee know that the suspects got into a white van and left the parking lot. The victim reported a loss of approximately $30,000 in merchandise.

The suspects were described to the Corona Police Department and video surveillance was released.

Video surveillance of the theft identified the two suspects as Deanthony Lamar Block and Dajuan Lee Calvin Robinson. The two are now wanted by four agencies; Corona Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Chino Police Department, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

You may contact the Corona Police Senior Detective Robert Gonzalez at 951-817-5837 if you can provide any further information on the theft, as well

Theft Suspect Sought

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Chino PD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the theft suspect pictured above.

Photo courtesy: City of Chino
Chino PD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the theft suspect pictured above.

Chino – The Chino Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a vehicle theft suspect after a pursuit took place in Chino last week.

On Monday, July 11, at 7:49 a.m., a Chino Police Officer attempted to stop a blue Sand Rail, off-road vehicle that was driving recklessly near the intersection of Bickmore and Euclid Avenue in Chino. It was later learned that the vehicle was previously stolen from the City of Norco.

The driver fled at high speeds in the off-road vehicle and refused to stop. A pursuit began for several minutes until it was cancelled due to safety concerns. The vehicle then became disabled in the 15500 block of El Prado Road, where the driver fled on foot into the Chino Creek Basin, according to the City of Chino.

Chino Officers and Chino Hills Deputies, along with an Ontario Police Department helicopter, searched for the suspect for several hours but they were unable to locate him.

The suspect was identified as a Hispanic adult male who is approximately 25-30 years old. Surveillance camera images of the suspect were released and the Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating or identifying the suspect.

Anyone who can help locate or identify this suspect can contact Officer Thomas at (909) 334-3103 or mthomas@chinopd.org.

Stolen Car And Property Returned

By Racine Guajardo

Chino HillsOn July 3, a residential burglary and grand theft auto was reported on the 15000 block of Aqueduct Lane in Chino Hills before 7 a.m.

The two suspects were later identified as Jose Sandoval, 33-year-old resident of Ontario and Christopher Ross, 22-year-old resident of Montclair. The Chino Hills Deputies were called to investigate the crime and found that the suspects had taken the victim’s purse that contained the keys to her vehicle.

The Pomona Police Department stopped a stolen vehicle around 2 p.m., which were the two suspects Sandoval and Ross. In the vehicle, suspects were in possession of the stolen property from the victim’s residence and were both arrested.

The Chino Hills Police Department says, “This is a good example of the cooperation between two law enforcement agencies who work together to solve and provide safety for citizens.”

If anyone has any additional information, please contact Deputy Joseph Patrick of the Chino Hills Police/Sheriff’s Department at (909) 364-2000.

Below is a list of the most common ways auto theft occurs by http://www.stolen-property.com. Knowing this information can help defend you from being a victim.

  • Checking for an alarm system. Throughout the years, people have been conditioned to ignoring car alarms on the account a loud motorcycle or truck can set a car alarm off. People’s senses are so dulled to these car alarms, car alarms are often ignored while a car is being stolen. Prevention – instead of using a car alarm that just makes noise, use a car alarm that has a pager that alerts you if the alarm is activated. Another excellent prevention for auto theft is an ignition disabler. This makes it unable to start the car without pressing the hidden ignition disable switch.
  • Smash and grab. The most common form of auto theft; breaking a window, grabbing whatever it is the thief is after and running away. Prevention – always remove anything of value from plain sight. The majority of crime is “crime of opportunity.” Also, if you have a stereo with a removable face plate, bring it with you instead of leaving it under the seat or in the glove box.
  • Drive off in a car with the keys in it. Auto thieves case out ATM’s, movie rental store drop offs or other businesses with quick drop off or pick up. When a person walks away from a running car, they jump in and the car is stolen. Prevention – never leave your car running or with the keys in it for even a moment, that’s all it takes for an auto theft to occur.
  • Cutting a steering wheel. If you have a steering wheel locking device to deter from auto theft, a thief will actually cut the steering wheel to remove the anti-theft device. Prevention – invest in a “kill switch” that disables your vehicle from starting.
  • Disabling the alarm system. Professional auto thieves know how to disable a car alarm within 15 seconds if they know what kind it is. Prevention – when having an alarm system installed in your car, go to a professional alarm installer instead of a big retail chain store. Also, do not advertise with car alarm brand stickers. This tips professional thieves off when they know how to disable certain alarm makes.
  • Auto theft using back up or spare keys. Many stolen vehicles are done so with the actual car keys. Prevention – Don’t ever leave or “hide” any spare or back up key in the car or under the bumper in a magnetic key holder as thieves do look for these.
  • Stealing vehicles from big parking lots. Thieves often case out big parking lots such as that at sporting events or concerts. Prevention – park in secured, well lit parking lots when possible, especially ones with attendants on duty.



Numerous Vehicle Burglaries In Chino Hills

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Photo Courtesy: Chino Hills Police Department

Photo Courtesy: Chino Hills Police Department

Chino HillsThe Chino Hills Police Department has been investigating several vehicle burglaries near Los Serranos Country Club in the month of June. From one of the burglaries, video surveillance was obtained and a local resident was arrested.

On June 30, a Chino Hills resident, Manuel Hernandez, 21 years-old, was recognized by deputies after viewing the video footage. After a search was conducted, deputies located and apprehended Hernandez at a residence in Chino Hills. At the residence, property belonging to the victims was located and seized.

If anyone has additional information regarding this investigation, or additional crimes, please contact Detective Rosa at the Chino Hills Police/Sheriff’s Station, Case # 221602169. You may call them at (909) 364-2000. Or if you choose to remain anonymous, call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME. You may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

The following list consists of some tips to prevent vehicle burglary, courtesy of the Yucaipa Police Department.

Even with today’s busy schedules, we need to stay diligent when it comes to preventing car related crimes.  Auto theft is almost always classified as a crime of opportunity.  As such, we need to practice good preventative measures in order to eliminate this opportunity and make our cars less desirable to criminals.

  • Always lock your doors, even when you plan on only being gone from your vehicle briefly.  It is not uncommon for thieves to walk down a row of parked vehicles checking the doors to see who has left their vehicle unlocked.  Do not leave any windows open including vent/wing windows or sunroofs.
  • If you have an alarm on your vehicle, use it!  It is an effective deterrent to an auto-burglar who often chooses the easiest targets.
  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.  Although that sounds like “common sense”, most of the reports that we take happen when the driver or passenger has done just that.  Your car is an automatic target when doing so.
  • When you are out and about, please leave items out of sight before reaching your destination or move them inconspicuously.
  • Do not leave any sign that there may be valuables hidden in your vehicle, such as docking stations or connector cables.  Covered up items that are left on the floorboard are an invitation for a criminal.  Not doing this may prevent you from having to spend money on broken windows.
  • Park in busy, well lit areas whenever possible.  Well traveled areas with plenty of vehicle and pedestrian movement are less likely to invite criminal activity.
  • As a last line of defense and to aid in the recovery process, mark your valuables.  Engrave them with a “personal identifier” that is something other than your social security number or drivers license.
  • Report suspicious persons seen wandering around in parking lots or neighborhoods that are looking into vehicles.  Don’t hesitate to call 911 if you sense there is a theft that is about to occur.



Chino PD Arrest Homicide Suspect

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Photo Courtesy City of Chino

Photo Courtesy City of Chino

ChinoOn Sunday, June 5, Chino Police Investigators arrested Alejandro Delacruz, age 33 of Chino, for the murder of missing person Jorge Romo, age 35 of Eastvale.

Romo’s family reported him missing on May 28, and he was last seen on May 26, following a fight with the suspect Alejandro Delacruz at the 8000 block of Pine Avenue. The fight wasn’t reported to the Chino Police Department until June 1. Detectives issued missing persons under suspicious circumstances crime bulletin after a preliminary investigation. During the investigation, Detectives discovered the suspect had struck Romo multiple times with an unknown weapon.

According to reports, Delacruz fled the scene and Romo was also unable to be located. Witnesses were interviewed and detectives determined Delacruz placed Romo’s body in his pick-up truck and dumped it at an unknown location.

Workers in the area of the 16600 block of Hellman Avenue located Romo’s deceased body in a field on Saturday, June 4, just before 3 p.m.

With continued investigation, detectives located Delacruz hiding in a resident in the 17300 block in the City of Fontana. On June 5, he was arrested at the West Valley Detention Center for murder.

The motive for the homicide is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact the Chino Police Department at (909) 628-1234.


Chino Man Sentenced In Human Trafficking Case

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Photo Courtesy: San Bernardino County District Attorney

Photo Courtesy: San Bernardino County District Attorney

ChinoA Chino man was sentenced to state prison on Thursday June 2, for sex trafficking an 18-year-old victim. James Anthony Otis, 36 years old, was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The victim was originally from Michigan, who moved to California and met Otis and his live-in girlfriend Sonya. Sonya was the mother of Otis’ child and also worked as the “bottom” or “manager”. Bottom is a slang word that is used to describe a prostitute who has been with the pimp the longest, who sits atop the hierarchy of prostitutes.

Motel rooms were rented for weeks at a time to work out of, advertising the victim on Backpage.com, and the couple would take the victim to work various areas in Southern California, according to Deputy District Attorney Ross.

Ross said, “During an argument in Hollywood, the defendant yanked the victim by the hair, causing her to fall and sprain her knee.” The victim was treated at a hospital, “He then picked her up from the hospital and took her to his apartment.” Two days later, the victim informed Otis that she decided she wanted to go back home to Michigan. As she was leaving and attempted to walk out of the apartment, Otis was enraged. He told her she wasn’t going anywhere, grabbing her by her hair again, which caused her to fall and reinjure her sprained knee. Then, Otis picked her up and carried her back into the apartment, according to the Police Department.

A friend was called by the victim, and able to contact the Chino Police Department to report that the defendant wasn’t allowing the victim to leave the residence.

According to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, “This was a collaborative effort between the Chino Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office, with great support from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department High Tech Crimes Division,” said Ross. “In addition to the crime charged, evidence at trial showed James Otis to be a prolific exploiter of young women. His aggravated sentence for human trafficking is justified.”

Otis having a prior strike offense for robbery that was found true, his sentence was doubled from the 20 years for the aggravated sentence for human trafficking to a total of 40 years in state prison.

Women Arrested For Possession

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Chino Hills – Last Thursday, two women were arrested for possession of burglary tools and drug paraphernalia in the City of Chino Hills.

According to Deputy Brian Arias, at approximately 7:49 p.m. on May 12, the Chino Hills Police Department conducted a traffic stop at Slate Dr. / Cooper Rd. A Black Dodge Durango was stopped for committing several California Vehicle Code violations.

The occupants of the black Dodge Durango were identified as Lara Adams, 28, and Debra Jauregui, 39. Inside the vehicle, deputies found several pieces of stolen mail, credit cards, and personal information not belonging to either of the women. Burglary tools and drug paraphernalia were also in their possession. In addition, Adams had an active warrant for her arrest.

Authorities suspect that Adams, of West Covina, and Jauregui, of Ontario, were in Chino Hills to commit thefts. Both Adams and Jauregui were arrested.

The Chino Hills Police Department asks that anyone with information regarding this case contact the Chino Hills Multiple Enforcement Team: Maria Colombi or Brian Arias at (909) 364-2000. If you would like to remain anonymous, you may contact WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.

Chino: Police Arrest Three Robbery Suspects



Chino – On July 10, officers of the Chino Police Department arrested three suspects who are believed to have been involved in an armed robbery that took place in the 12800 block of 16th Street.

At approximately 3:24 a.m., a victim told police he was robbed at gunpoint while walking on 16th street, and that his handgun and cash had been taken by three armed suspects described as Hispanic males. The suspects were last seen running from the scene into a nearby residential area.

According to a press release from the City of Chino, officers quickly cordoned off the area of Benson Avenue, 18th Street, Tronkeel and Serene Avenues, and evacuated nearby residents. Members of the Chino SWAT Team arrived on scene and surrounded a house in the 12800 block of 16th Street, which is where the suspects were believed to be hiding.

At approximately 5:52 a.m., officers came into contact with Edgar Campos, 20, of Chino, who was walking in the 12800 block of 18th Street. Officers detained him for questioning and later arrested him for his alleged involvement in the robbery.

At 12:04 p.m., SWAT officers removed the second suspect, Rigoberto Garcia, Jr., 24, of Chino, from the home on 16th Street.

Through the investigative process, officers arrested a third suspect – Carlos Meza, 21, of Chino – at around 12:58 p.m. Meza was arrested near the intersection of Benson and Tronkeel Avenues.

All three suspects were booked at the West Valley Detention Center on robbery with gang enhancements. Details are still emerging and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chino Police Department at (909) 628-1234.



Chino: Police Arrest Multiple Thieves



Chino – The Chino Police Department has issued news releases regarding the arrest of a Copper Wire Thief, as well as the arrest of four individuals who misused an EBT card.


On Thurs., June 5, Chino Police officers arrested a suspect at approximately 4:52 a.m. after receiving a call regarding a suspicious person in the area. Officers responded to a vacant residence in the 5100 block of Washington Avenue at approximately 1 a.m. regarding a possible burglary. During the initial investigation officers were unable to locate any suspects. After several hours of proactively patrolling the area, they came into contact with Allen Dane, 40, of Pomona, who is currently on parole. Dane was located about a half mile from the property on Washington Avenue.


Through investigation, Dane was linked to the residence, where it was confirmed that he had entered the house and stolen copper wiring. He was subsequently arrested and booked into the West Valley Detention Center for burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia.


According to FBI.gov, the demand for copper from developing nations such as China and India is creating a significant international copper trade. Thieves are exploiting this demand by stealing and selling the metal for high profits to recyclers across the U.S. As the market expands, the need for copper will continue to encourage theft. Metal thieves are targeting vacant homes and construction sites, and cutting copper wiring from air conditioning/heating units, plumbing, telephone lines, cell towers and other means, the tampering of which presents a serious public threat by disrupting the flow of electricity and creating fire risks.


According to the Chino Police Department, copper wire theft continues to be an ongoing crime trend, causing victims thousands of dollars in repairs. Residents are asked to be vigilant in recognizing and reporting suspicious activity related to subjects who are in possession of copper wire, wire cutting tools, or appear to be tampering with objects or locations containing copper wire.


In another arrest, Chino Police officers arrested four suspects on Wed., June 4, at approximately 1 p.m. while conducting an undercover operation on the 5200 block of Philadelphia Street. According to a CPD news release, officers encountered three subjects who were sharing cash proceeds after one of them used a California Advantage EBT card (public assistance funds) to withdraw cash from a local market. The investigation reveled that the cardholder was not entitled to receive these cash benefits, but through a relationship with a store employee, funds were withdrawn from the account through the merchant’s register. The store employee received cash compensation for his involvement.


Chino residents Derek Greenshields, 24, and Ann VanWinkle, 23, were arrested for conspiracy, burglary, and unlawful transfer of public assistance funds.  Scott Sanchez, 28, from Pomona, and Nabil Dib, 54, from Placentia, were arrested for conspiracy and unlawful transfer of public assistance funds.  All suspects were booked into the West Valley Detention Center.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this type of crime should call the Chino Police Department at (909) 628-1234.




Chino: Crime Report, City of Chino


Chino – Police Officers arrested a third suspect wanted in connection with the New Year’s Eve shooting that left one man dead and another seriously wounded.
According to the City of Chino, Francisco Orozco, Jr., 22, a resident of Chino, was arrested without incident near the border of Mexico on Jan. 20, 2014 and was transported to the West Valley Detention Center by Chino Police Detectives. He was booked on a warrant for murder, and joins two other murder suspects already in custody.

The victims, Robert Sanchez, along with a second male, were shot at approximately 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in the 12800 block of Benson Avenue. Sanchez was transported to the Chino Valley Medical Center, but died there as a result of his injuries. The second victim was hospitalized, and has since been released.

On Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, Angel Edwardo Valenciana, 24, a resident of Los Angeles, was arrested by Police Officers in Grand Island, Nebraska, in connection with the New Year’s Eve shooting. The City of Chino states that Police Officers are working to extradite Valenciana back to California.

David Colomo, 19, a resident of Bell Gardens, was also arrested near the border of Mexico on Jan. 11, 2014. He was transported to the West Valley Detention Center and booked on a warrant of murder.

In another incident, the City of Chino reports that a truck driver was killed at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 when he stepped out of his semi-truck onto Euclid Avenue and was struck by a car.

The City of Chino states in a news release that the initial study by Chino Traffic Investigators determined Wilson Iraheta, 55, a resident of La Puente, parked his Peterbuilt truck and trailer in the center median of Euclid Avenue, where he was preparing to unload in front of Nature’s Best warehouse. Iraheta exited the driver’s door onto Euclid Avenue and was struck by a 2002 Subaru Station Wagon, driven by Karen Lockie, 69, a resident of Rancho Cucamonga. Lockie showed no signs of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

And, finally, the City of Chino reports that a suspect is in custody following an attack of a Chino High School student at approximately 1:17 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. The 16-year-old male victim was struck on the head with a hammer. He was airlifted to a local hospital and is in critical condition.

Chino Police Officers arrested suspect, Gregory U. Richmond, 48, a resident of Chino, who fled after the attack. He was arrested without incident in the 5800 block of Riverside Drive a short time later, and was booked on charges of attempted murder.

The attack took place on the sidewalk across the street from Chino High School. The high school, along with Walnut Elementary, remained in lockdown until the suspect was in custody.

These investigations are all ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Chino Police Department at (909) 628-1234.