Cerritos Sheriff’s Station Weekly
Updated December 18, 2014
December 8 – 14, 2014
There were 15 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past reporting period, a decrease of four over the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: one robbery; one aggravated assault (occurred in October); two residential burglaries; five commercial/other burglaries (one was an attempt); two grand thefts (both occurred in November); four vehicle burglaries; and no auto thefts reported. Deputies made three felony arrests, seven misdemeanor arrests, and issued 101 traffic citations. The Sheriff's dispatch center also received a total of 339 calls for service, a substantial increase over this year's weekly average of 267 calls.
13575 Andy St. (Bettencourt Park, 12/11, 7:45 p.m.): Suspect and victims met outside of the park to discuss an outstanding debt. The suspect produced a gun and stole a purse and cell phones and fled in a waiting car.
11111 Artesia Blvd. (10/26/14): Suspect and victim playing in a baseball game at Gahr High School when a fight broke out and the victim alleges that the suspect kicked him in the face.
12600 block Rose St. (12/11): Suspect forced a sliding glass door in the living room open, ransacked the bedrooms, and stole a safe containing various documents from a closet in the master bedroom.
12900 block Glenda St. (12/11-13/14): Suspect shattered rear living room window, ransacked several rooms, and stole unknown items.
100 Los Cerritos Center (12/10): Employee arrested for stealing electronics and clothing from store's back room.
16500 block Valley View St. (12/4-11/12): Suspect broke into storage locker through the wall of an adjoining locker. The loss is unknown at this time.
13400 block Artesia Blvd. (12/13): Suspect pried open glass window at a restaurant and stole cash from the register.
10600 block Midway Pl. (12/13-14): Suspect drilled holes in the rear door of a business but failed to get the door to open.
10800 block Alondra Blvd. (1/13): Suspect entered locker in the fitness center in an unknown fashion and stole car keys.
19033 Studebaker Rd. (Liberty Park, 12/8): Suspect broke window of a '09 VW and stole a purse and cash.
16400 block Debra Ln. (12/9): Victim had wallet stolen from his '14 Toyota Tacoma parked in his driveway. No evidence of forced entry into the vehicle.
12800 block Towne Center Dr. (12/11): Suspect entered a locked '14 Chevy and stole a laptop computer. No evidence of forced entry found.
11500 South St. (12/14): Suspect forced entry into '02 GMC Yukon and stole a purse and bag of clothes.
18600 Gridley Rd. (11/20-22): Suspect cashed a fraudulent check at the bank and was subsequently arrested 12/12/14.
17400 Leslie Ave. (11/18): Victim scammed by a suspect who sent a fraudulent check in response to an Internet ad.
Beware of Checks Too Good to Be True
Last month a Cerritos resident on Leslie Avenue advertised two mattresses for sale on the Internet for a sum of $500. He quickly received a response and agreed to the sale with a prospective "buyer." The buyer sent a check for almost $2,000 through UPS with instructions to deposit the check, keep the $500 for the merchandise, and wire the remainder to a woman in Louisiana. Our resident sent back an email and inquired why the check was greater than the cost of the mattresses and was emailed back information indicating that the extra amount was to pay for shipping and handling of the mattresses. The difference was then wired as instructed and, needless to say, no one ever came to pick up the mattresses. This is a common scam and like the IRS or other telephone scams, don't fall for it. Checks written for more than the cost of an item with instructions that the difference is to be wired to a third party are always scams.
Visit Safer Cerritos
The City's safety website, safercerritos.com, has an extensive library of crime prevention tips, disaster preparedness information, and a variety of links to other relevant sites. On the website you can join the City's Virtual Block Club, regularly keep abreast of crime trends, and use the knowledge to protect yourself, your family, and your property. Neighborhood Watch works, and in partnership with Cerritos Sheriff's deputies you can significantly reduce your risk of becoming a crime victim. If you "see something, say something," and call the Cerritos Sheriff's at (562) 860-0044.
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.