Burglary Tools, a Loaded Firearm, and a Drug Bust Via Proactive Policing
CLAREMONT – Former Claremont Police Commissioner and current Council Member Ed Reece announced the successful surveillance teamwork on a suspicious vehicle. A subject was seen driving through a commercial-business parking lot in the 400 block of West Arrow Hwy. at 10:15 PM on 12/15/19.
A Claremont Police Officer observed the vehicle park in the PepperTree Shopping Center. An unmarked police vehicle joined in and conducted a one-hour surveillance. Officers gave contact to the suspect.
As a result of the subsequent investigation, “burglary tools, a loaded .45 caliber handgun with a loaded extended capacity magazine, methamphetamine, and a methamphetamine smoking pipe were located,” said Reece. Michael Swett (54) of Pomona was ID’d.
Swett was put under arrest for “for carrying a loaded firearm, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of burglary tools.”
When Reece added, “He was arrested, booked at Claremont Jail and released with a citation for the MISDEMEANOR charges, ” a flurry of FACEBOOK comments ensued as to the apparent leniency of the charges.
Law Enforcement is well aware of limitations to the strong arm of the law. As a reminder, a FACEBOOK contributor offered up a reminder of voting results and the importance of exercising our right to vote:
FACEBOOK Response by Marty Slusser. “Yes…..in 2014, California voters passed Prop 47 “California Proposition 47, Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative” Crimes that were previously classified as felonies were reduced to misdemeanors. Since then, possession of illegal drugs is considered a misdemeanor. You may want to review what the voters accepted in Prop 47, Prop 57, and AB 109. Just google them. There is a free Pamphlet that has a summary of these laws available in the lobby of Claremont PD. The Pamphlet is called “Taking Back Our Community.” MAJOR limitations were placed on law enforcement as a result.”