CLAREMONT
Street sweeper crash prompts Sig Alert

A tractor trailer crashed into a freeway street sweeper Tuesday morning, forcing the closure of part of the 210 Freeway.

The California Highway Patrol issued a Sig Alert at 5:53 a.m. for one hour and closed two lanes on the eastbound 210 at Base Line Road, said Officer Francisco Villalobos.

A truck struck the street sweeper, causing it to overturn. Two people in the sweeper were injured, including one who was flown to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.


ONTARIO
Four arrested after Kmart theft

Four men were arrested Tuesday after they tried to steal a shopping cart loaded with high-end products from Kmart, police said.

About 8:20 a.m., Ontario police were called to the retail store, 1670 E. 4th St., where they saw a vehicle in the parking lot with four men inside that matched a description of the suspect's car, police Sgt. David McBride said.

When they tried to stop the vehicle, the driver took off running. The three remaining suspects were taken into custody immediately.

Officers set up a perimeter in nearby neighborhoods to look for him.

About 30 minutes later, the fourth suspect was found hiding in a resident's yard in the 1500 block of Lake Avenue, McBride said.

During an investigation, officers learned that the four men were possibly linked with burglaries at several other Kmarts.


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"They go in and get a shopping cart, load it up with high-end pharmaceuticals and health products then they make a run for the door," McBride said. "If successful, they'll sell it at swap meets around Los Angeles and Orange (counties)."

Carlos Garcia, 24, of Mexico, Eduardo Espinoza, 20, of Utah, Saul Chan, 33, of Mexico, and Gerardo Miguel Ochoa, 26, of North Hollywood were arrested on suspicion of burglary.

McBride said there have been similar-style burglaries at other locations, including grocery stores.

"They are not necessarily associated with this group," he said.