Monday, August 17, 2009

Ah Pillagin' & Wreckin' Through Claremont We Go! Hiccup! Aargh!

A drunken pirate was seen lost on land through the streets of Ye Old Claremont in the wee hours this morning. Apparently angry that he was away fom his ship, the 'Chino Hills Swashbuckler'. The towns Guardia managed to capture him after he went all around the town on College Ave, Indian Hill, First St, and many places breaking windows and breaking into homes looking for his parrot. He apparently was not interested in treasure this time, as his parrot would lead him back to his ship. He was also angered that the village's local pubs were shut down. He took it personal!

On a serious note, it's pretty much like that except without the parrot and pirate references. The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports:

"An intoxicated Chino Hills man went on a crime spree in Claremont this morning, smashing windows and entering homes before police captured him.

Claremont police arrested Christopher Marinko, 21, on suspicion of burglary, vandalism and public intoxication, said Lt. Jon Traber.

Police received a call around 3 a.m. about a man who walked through an open door into a home in the 600 block of South College Avenue. Residents confronted Marinko and escorted him out of the house before calling the police.

The man then broke into Hibbard Chevrolet at 191 S. Indian Hill Blvd. at 3:15 a.m., rummaged through some offices and left the business. Police say it didn't appear he took anything.

Marinko smashed windows of some homes across the street and 10 minutes later walked into the back yard of a home in the 100 block of El Camino Way. Traber said the man tried to open the back door but was scared off when someone inside the home awakened.

He walked to the Village Attic at 211 W. First St., where he smashed more windows. While officers were investigating the attempted break-in on El Camino, they heard glass breaking at the Village Attic.

Officers found Marinko walking away from the business and arrested him about 3:45 a.m."

Source: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Article

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