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Cerritos Sheriff's Station Weekly
Crime Summary

Updated August 10, 2017

July 24–30, 2017

There were 23 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past reporting period, resulting in no change from the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: one robbery, five residential burglaries, four commercial/other structure burglaries, five grand thefts, three vehicle thefts, and five vehicle burglaries. Cerritos Station deputies made five felony arrests, 22 misdemeanor arrests, seven warrant arrests, and issued 94 citations. The Sheriff’s dispatch center also received a total of 382 calls for service.

Robbery:

13300 block of South Street (07/29—Morning): The suspect entered the location while it was opened for business and selected a bottle of alcohol. The suspect exited the store making no attempt to pay for the item. The victim followed the suspect outside and grabbed the seat of the bicycle the suspect was using to flee. A short struggle ensued and the suspect forcefully pulled his bicycle away from the victim, causing the bottle to fall and break. The suspect fled into the parking lot.

Residential Burglary:

19600 block of Lusk Avenue (07/28—Day): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding glass door. A safe was stolen.
19300 block of Almadin Avenue (07/26—Morning): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering a rear window. Stolen were valuables.
18700 block of Rochelle Avenue (07/25-27—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding glass door. It is unknown if anything was stolen.
13700 block of Alderton Lane (07/24-25—Overnight): The suspect(s) attempted to enter the home by removing the window screens off of the rear windows. Entry was not made.
18800 block of Christina Avenue (07/19-16—Unknown): The suspect(s) attempted to enter the home by removing the window screens off of the rear windows. Entry was not made.

Commercial/Other Structure Burglary:

13200 block of South Street (07/28—Morning): The suspect(s) entered the location by shattering the glass to the front door. Nothing appeared to be stolen.
17600 block of Fabrica Way (07/28-30—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the location by cutting a hole in the rollup door. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
13400 block of Village Drive (07/23-28—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the location by prying the lock on the storage door. It is unknown if anything was stolen.
10700 block of Artesia Boulevard (03/06-07/24—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the location by prying the lock on the storage door. Musical equipment and duffle bags were stolen.

 

Grand Theft:

12700 block of Towne Center Drive (07/30—Evening): The suspect stole perfume from the store.
12400 block of 195th Street (07/27—Evening): The suspects stole food, socks, and flee medication from the store. The suspects were arrested.
12700 block of Towne Center Drive (07/26—Evening): The suspects stole perfume from the store.
20100 block of Cabrillo Lane (07/24—Evening): The suspect(s) stole tools from an unlocked vehicle parked at the location.
17200 block of Norwalk Boulevard (11/15/15-01/16/17—Unknown): The known suspect stole cash from the location.

Grand Theft Auto:

11300 block of Michelle Street (07/30—Day): The suspect(s) stole a 2015 GMC 1500 parked at the residence.
16400 block of Meadowbrook Lane (07/28-29—Unknown): The suspect(s) stole a 2012 Mini Cooper parked in the guest parking area of the location.
10800 block of Artesia Boulevard (07/26-28—Unknown): The suspect(s) stole a 2015 B16TX trailer parked in the parking lot.

Vehicle Burglary:

12000 block of Camino Valencia (07/28-29—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered a 2006 Hyundai Sonata, parked at the residence, by shattering a window. Stolen were shoes.
17900 block of Studebaker Road (07/26—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban, parked in the parking lot, by breaking the door handle. Nothing appeared to be stolen.
11300 block of 183rd Street (07/28—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser, parked in the parking lot, by shattering a window. A handbag, vehicle key, and electronics were stolen.
Jacob Avenue and Yearling Street (07/27—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2000 Honda Accord, parked in the parking lot, and stole the vehicle title. It is unknown how entry was made.
11100 block of 183rd Street (07/28—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2016 Dodge Ram, parked in the parking lot, by shattering a window. A handgun was stolen.

Simple Burglary Prevention Tips:

  • Keep all doors and windows locked, even if you are at home or will only be gone a short time.
  • Make your home look occupied. Leave lights on when you go out and if you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps and a radio to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
  • Install motion sensor lighting around your home, especially at entrances.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked, even when home. If you do leave your garage door open and it is an attached garage—lock the door into the house.
  • Secure your vehicle and do not leave the garage door opener in your vehicle.
  • Keep a list of your valuables, including the serial numbers and unique characteristics.
  • Be alert to persons going from house to house, looking in windows or knocking on doors. Report suspicious persons immediately. Make note of the person’s physical description, clothing, tattoos or other distinguishing characteristics.
  • Beware of burglars posing as solicitors.
  • Keep all entrances to your residence well-lit and maintain landscaping.
  • Do not advertise the property you have recently purchased or received as a gift. Put the boxes in a trash bag or trash container. If you leave them out, anyone can see what you now have inside your residence.
  • Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
  • Do not allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers, or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.

Add Extra Protection:

Get a family dog. A friendly family dog that barks loud when he/she sees someone in your yard or someone comes to the door. Burglars hate dogs. Not because they bite, but because they bark. Well, sometimes they bite too. Barking dogs gain the attention of neighbors, who will look out their windows to see whose dog is barking and why. And burglars do not like your neighbors paying attention to your house while they are busy stealing. 

Get to know your neighbors. Crime tends to be lower in tight-knit communities because neighbors are more likely to look out for each other and can easily spot a stranger. Your neighbors can be one of your best assets in home crime prevention because they offer extra eyes and an outside perspective. Plus, if they have a different work or school schedule from yours, they might be around during the day when you are away and can alert you to any suspicious activity that may occur in your absence.

Add privacy film to decorative glass on and around exterior doors. Stained and decorative glass displays can be a beautiful addition to any entrance, but they can present a bit of a security issue. Line them with privacy film to distort the view from the outside and reduce the chances of window shopping or alerting an unwanted visitor to your presence (or lack thereof). This can be especially beneficial for anyone who lives alone or in a house with children old enough to be left on their own.

Consider adding a residential video surveillance system. There are countless features with any security system and some particularly valuable ones are security cameras, outdoor motion detectors, sensors at exterior doors, windows, and the door attached to the garage. An outdoor alarm will alert other neighbors to an intrusion. Select the features that best fit your needs and be sure to go with a well-known, reputable company. Once it is installed, make it a regular habit to use it.

 

If you see suspicious person(s) or activity in your neighborhood or business, call Cerritos Sheriff’s Station at (562) 860-0044 or 911 immediately. It is a good idea to keep the Sheriff’s Station phone number stored in your cell phone for quick reference.

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Criminals are deterred by informed, vigilant, and involved citizens. Remember—see something, say something.

Opportunities

Volunteers on Patrol Wanted

Looking for an interesting and useful way to serve your community? You may want to consider becoming a Sheriff's Volunteer on Patrol. Patrolling the City in distinctly marked vehicles, VOPs assist with crime suppression, traffic control, vacation checks, special events and park patrols. They serve as additional "eyes and ears" for the Sheriff's Department and train as first responders in the event of a major emergency or disaster.

For more information, contact the City of Cerritos Community Safety Division at (562) 916-1266, or visit the Division office at the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station to obtain an application.

Neighborhood Watch Works—
Block Captains Wanted

Neighborhood Watch Block Captains are also a valuable and important way to serve your community and neighborhood. Block Captains serve as a liaison between residents and our Sheriff’s Department by networking with neighbors, distributing information about crime incidents and trends, and providing feedback to our law enforcement personnel. Anyone interested in becoming a Block Captain is encouraged to contact the Cerritos Community Safety Division at (562) 916-1266.

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