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Cerritos Sheriff's Station Weekly
Crime Summary

Updated May 22, 2017

May 1–7, 2017

There were 46 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past reporting period, resulting in an increase of 16 from the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: two robberies, one aggravated assault, 18 residential burglaries, eight commercial/other structure burglaries, three grand thefts, seven vehicle thefts, and seven vehicle burglaries. Cerritos Station deputies made three felony arrests, seven misdemeanor arrests, five warrant arrests, and issued 108 citations. The Sheriff’s dispatch center also received a total of 431 calls for service.

Robbery:

12900 block of Park Plaza Drive (05/06—Evening): The suspect entered the store while opened for business and walked to an unoccupied register. The suspect pried open the register with a hammer and removed the money from inside. A store employee saw the suspect and yelled at him to stop. The suspect started running towards the front exit doors. The store employee followed and yelled at the loss prevention officer at the front of the store to stop the suspect because he had stolen money. As the suspect approached the loss prevention officer, he told the suspect to stop. The suspect then attempted to remove a hammer from his waistband. The loss prevention officer quickly grabbed the suspect and pinned him to the ground. The suspect was arrested.
239 Los Cerritos Center (05/03—Afternoon): The victim was sitting in front of the location, with her walker, waiting for a ride. As she waited, the suspect approached her. The suspect stopped right in front of her walker so the victim asked him if he needed something. The suspect suddenly grabbed her purse, which was hanging on the side of her walker, and ran towards the suspect vehicle. The vehicle fled through the parking lot and out of view.

Aggravated Assault:

10800 block of College Place (02/14—Unknown): The victim stated he was at the location when he was assaulted by two employees for failing to comply with their instructions.

Residential Burglary:

11500 block of James Street (05/06—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear door. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
16500 block of Debra Lane (05/05-06—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered the attached garage of the home using the garage remote found in the car parked in the driveway. Stolen were the cars parked in the garage.
18800 block of Cortner Avenue (05/05—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding door. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
11700 block of Gonzalves Street (05/05—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering a rear window. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
13400 block of Rose Street (05/05—Day): The suspect(s) entered the home via a side window that had been left open. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
11900 block of Yearling Street (05/04—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the home via a side window by removing the screen. Stolen was U.S currency.
12500 block of Sandycreek Lane (05/04—Morning): The suspect(s) entered the attached garage of the home through the garage door that was left open. Stolen was a bicycle.
13100 block of Bigelow Street (05/03—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding door. It is unknown if anything was stolen.
18400 block of Vickie Avenue (05/03—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear door. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
17000 block of De Groot Place (05/02-03—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered the attached garage of the home using the garage remote found in the car parked in the driveway. Stolen was the car parked in the garage.
18900 block of Watson Avenue (05/02—Evening): The suspects entered the home by removing the screen on a rear window. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
18900 block of Christina Avenue (05/01—Day): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding door. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
12300 block of Charlwood Street (05/01—Afternoon): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding door. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
12300 block of Charlwood Street (05/01—Afternoon): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding door. Stolen were valuables and keys.
18700 block of Rochelle Avenue (05/01—Afternoon): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding door. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
17100 block of Leslie Avenue (05/01—Morning): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding door. Stolen were valuables.
13200 block of Cantrece Lane (05/01—Morning): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering a side window. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
19300 block of Benfield Avenue (04/26-05/02—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding door. Stolen was a watch.

Commercial/Other Structure Burglary:

19900 block of Bloomfield Avenue (05/07—Afternoon): The suspects entered the location by prying open the storage door. An employee saw the suspects and recovered the stolen items.
11200 block of 183rd Street (05/03—Morning): The suspect(s) entered the location by removing the glass on a side door. Stolen were empty cash drawers.
19400 block of Pioneer Boulevard (05/03—Morning): The suspect(s) attempted to enter the location by prying the front glass door open.
12400 block of Dawn Lane (05/01-02—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered the garage unit through the rollup door. Stolen was an aquarium filter and speakers. It is unknown how entry was made.
11300 block of South Street (05/01—Morning): The suspects entered the location by prying open the front door. Stolen were empty cash drawers.
11200 block of 183rd Street (05/01—Morning): The suspect entered the location by using a key. Stolen was U.S currency.
16000 block of Piuma Avenue (03/15-05/01—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the location by removing the lock from the storage door. Stolen were vases, shoes, and memorabilia.
11400 block of South Street (04/30-05/01—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered the location by breaking the panel on the rear door. Nothing appeared to be stolen.

Grand Theft:

239 Los Cerritos Center (04/30—Afternoon): The suspect entered the store, while it was open for business, and stole a watch.
239 Los Cerritos Center (04/30—Afternoon): The suspect entered the store, while it was open for business, and stole perfumes.
239 Los Cerritos Center (04/30—Afternoon): The suspects entered the store, while it was open for business, and stole sunglasses.

Grand Theft Auto:

11300 block of South Street (05/07—Afternoon): The suspect(s) stole a 1995 Honda Civic from the location.
16500 block of Debra Lane (05/05-06—Overnight): The suspect(s) stole a 2005 Lexus RX300 from the residence.
16500 block of Debra Lane (05/05-06—Overnight): The suspect(s) stole a 2010 Honda CRV-LX from the residence.
12700 block of Towne Center Drive (05/05—Evening): The suspect(s) stole a 2013 Cadillac Escalade from the location.
17000 block of De Groot Place (05/02-03—Overnight): The suspect(s) stole a 2005 Lexus LS430 from the residence.
19900 block of Bloomfield Avenue (05/02—Evening): The suspect(s) stole a 1995 Toyota Tacoma from the location.
18500 block of Studebaker Road (04/05-12—Unknown): The suspect(s) stole a 2017 Honda Accord from the location.

Vehicle Burglary:

11100 block of Artesia Boulevard (05/07—Afternoon): The suspect(s) entered a 2014 Toyota Camry, parked in the parking lot, by shattering the window. Stolen was a purse.
19400 block of Lusk Avenue (05/06—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 2012 BMW 328I, parked at the residence, by shattering a window. Stolen were shoes.
19900 block of Bloomfield Avenue (05/05—Afternoon): The suspect(s) entered a 2013 Toyota 4Runner, parked in the parking lot, by shattering the window. Stolen was a purse.
19900 block of Bloomfield Avenue (05/05—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2015 Mazda CX-5, parked in the parking lot, by shattering the window. Stolen was a purse.
19900 block of Nancy Circle (05/03-04—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered a 2014 Honda Civic, parked at the residency, by shattering the window. Stolen was an electronic device.
19900 block of Teresa Way (05/02—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 1996 Lexus ES350, parked by at the residence, by shattering the window. It is unknown if anything was stolen.

12800 block of Towne Center Drive (05/01—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 2007 Saturn Vue, parked in the parking lot, and stole a wallet. It is unknown how entry was made.

Simple Prevention Tips

Many burglary cases involve the criminal going from house to house looking for unlocked doors or windows. Often the criminal will knock on the door of a residence to see if anyone is home. If someone answers, they will ask for a person and pretend that they are at that the wrong residence. In order to make you and your home less of a target, please keep in mind the following:

  • 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 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 all doors and windows locked, even if you are at home or will only be gone a short time.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked, even when at 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.
  • Never allow someone you do not know into your residence. If someone comes to your door needing assistance, offer to call the Sheriff’s Department for them, while they wait outside.
  • 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 to prevent hiding places.
  • 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 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 and 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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