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Cerritos Sheriff's Station Weekly
Crime Summary

Updated June 26, 2017

June 5–11, 2017

There were 27 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past reporting period, resulting in a decrease of nine from the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: three robberies, two aggravated assaults, 13 residential burglaries, one commercial/other structure burglary, two grand thefts, and six vehicle burglaries. Cerritos Station deputies made six felony arrests, 14 misdemeanor arrests, three warrant arrests, and issued 105 citations. The Sheriff’s dispatch center also received a total of 394 calls for service.

Robbery:

11400 block of South Street (06/10—Morning): As the store opened for business, the first suspect entered the location and ordered the victims to the back room. As the victims were walking back, the second suspect entered the store. While in the back room, the first suspect ordered the victims to hand over their property. The first suspect then asked one of the victims to open the safe. The victim complied and then the first suspect ordered the victims into a back room. The victims heard the suspects empty the safe and then leave the location.
239 Los Cerritos Center (06/06—Afternoon): The unknown suspect entered the location while it was open for business and placed several articles of clothing into a duffle bag and then exited. The victim, who worked at the location, contacted the suspect and tried to obtain the stolen items. The suspect punched the victim in the face and fled into the parking lot. The suspect was located and arrested by Cerritos deputies.
16700 block of Parkside Avenue (06/05—Evening): The unknown suspect hit the victim in the mouth and then pulled her purse out of her hand. The victim stated she believed the suspect became upset with her because she rejected his advances. The suspect was able to pull the purse away from the victim after a short struggle and fled with it. The suspect was located and arrested by Cerritos deputies.

Aggravated Assault:

17400 block of Vierra Avenue (06/11—Evening): The known suspect chased the victim with a knife stating he was going to kill him. The suspect fled when he heard police sirens.
16300 block of Bloomfield Avenue (06/07—Afternoon): The known suspect approached the victim while she was sitting in her car. After a short argument, the suspect reached in and slapped the victim in the face. The suspect quickly fled the location.

Residential Burglary:

17300 block of Jeanette Avenue (06/08—Evening): The unknown suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding glass door. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
12400 block of Destino Street (06/08—Afternoon): The unknown suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding glass door. Stolen were valuables and firearms.
12300 block of Felson Place (06/08—Day): The unknown suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding glass door. Stolen were valuables and clothing.
11900 block of Agnes Street (06/08—Day): The unknown suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding glass door. Stolen were valuables and U.S currency.
12700 block of Palm Street (06/08—Day): The unknown suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding glass door. Stolen were valuables.
19200 block of Demeter Avenue (06/06—Evening): The unknown suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding glass door. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
12100 block of Camino Valencia (06/06—Evening): The unknown suspects attempted to enter the home. Entry was not made.
18000 block of David Way (06/06—Morning): The unknown suspect entered the home by kicking in the front door. Stolen were valuables, a purse, and an electronic device. The suspect was arrested.
13100 block of Cantrece Lane (06/05—Evening): The unknown suspects attempted to enter the home by shattering the rear sliding glass door. Entry was not made.
18500 block of Noran Avenue (06/05—Evening): The unknown suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding glass door. Stolen were valuables, purses, and sports equipment.
17800 block of Noran Circle (06/05—Evening): The unknown suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding glass door. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
20100 block of Plaza De Cordoba (06/05—Morning): The unknown suspect(s) attempted to enter the home. Several window screens were found removed and damaged. Entry was not made.
19400 block of Jacob Avenue (06/03-06—Unknown): The unknown suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding glass door. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.

Commercial/Other Structure Burglary:

11900 block of South Street (06/09—Afternoon): The unknown suspect entered the location, while it was open for business, and stole an electronic device and cigarettes. The suspect was arrested.

Grand Theft:

14000 block of Park Place (06/09—Evening): The unknown suspect(s) stole flowers from the location.
239 Los Cerritos Center (06/01-04—Unknown): The unknown suspect(s) stole clothing from the store.

Vehicle Burglary:

12500 block of Yosemite Street (06/11—Morning): The unknown suspect(s) entered a 2005 Toyota Sienna, parked at the residence, by shattering the window. Stolen was a stroller seat.
17900 block of Sybrandy Avenue (06/10-11—Unknown): The unknown suspect(s) entered a 1999 Chrysler 300, parked in the driveway of the residence, by shattering the window. Stolen was a purse.
17900 block of Studebaker Road (06/06—Morning): The unknown suspect(s) entered a 2015 Ford Edge, parked in the parking lot, by shattering the window. Stolen was a purse.
18900 block of Vickie Avenue (06/04-05—Overnight): The unknown suspect(s) entered a 2016 Honda Odyssey, parked at the residence, and stole a lunch bag and work equipment. It is unknown how entry was made.
239 Los Cerritos Center (06/04—Afternoon): The unknown suspect(s) entered a 2011 Hyundai Sonata, parked at the location, and stole a purse and electronic device. It is unknown how entry was made.
17800 block of Hoffman Avenue (06/04—Morning): The unknown suspect(s) entered a 1999 Mercedes E320, parked in the driveway of the residence, and stole sports equipment, electronic devices, valuables, and a purse. It is unknown how entry was made.

Simple 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 and 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.

Visit crimemapping.com to get free up-to-date crime reports, statistics, and maps for specific neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. Crimemapping.com receives its data directly from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and participating law enforcement agencies. Reported crime information is uploaded automatically each day. Sign up to receive customized crime alerts sent directly to your smartphone or email.

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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