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Cerritos Sheriff’s Station Weekly
Crime Summary

Updated October 23, 2014

October 13–19, 2014

There were 21 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past week, an increase of seven over the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: one aggravated assault; five residential burglaries; one commercial/other burglary; four vehicle burglaries; six grand thefts (one was a shoplift); and four auto thefts. Deputies made two felony arrests, six misdemeanor arrests, three warrant arrests, and issued 98 traffic citations. The Sheriff's dispatch center also received a total of 218 calls for service, a substantial decrease over this year's weekly average of 264.

Aggravated Assault:

Los Cerritos Center (10/18): Two former friends became involved in a fight and suspect punched and kicked victim.

Residential Burglary:

11012 Bermuda St (10/16-17): Suspect entered home being fumigated, ransacked residence, and stole a safe.
17000 block De Groot Pl (10/18): Suspect kicked in front door, but the loss is unknown at this time.
18000 block Pt. Conception Pl (10/18): Suspect kicked in rear door, ransacked the residence, and stole jewelry, an iPad, a laptop computer, and camera equipment.
19200 block Pires Ave (10/18): Suspect entered through possibly unlocked front door. The home was ransacked but the loss is undetermined at this time.
18800 block Christina Ave (10/18): Suspect kicked front door open and ransacked residence. Loss is unknown.

Commercial/Other Burglary:

19700 block Bloomfield Ave (10/16): Suspect stole pipe material from bathroom at Regional Park.

Vehicle Burglary:

17800 block Martha Ave (10/13-14): Suspect stole camera and laptop from '14 Honda Accord parked in front of residence.
10800 block Alondra Blvd (10/15): Passenger window on '99 Toyota 4Runner shattered and laptop stolen.
12800 block Towne Center Dr (10/15): Passenger window shattered on '11 Kia Sorrento and laptop stolen.
11900 block Del Amo Blvd (10/16): Passenger window shattered and purse stolen from '06 Honda CRV.

Grand Theft:

17300 block Grayland Ave (10/14): A 70-year-old female resident lost over $2,000 to the "IRS/Money Card" scam.
11300 block 183rd St (10/15): Suspect stole two catalytic converters valued at $4,000 from Toyota Sequoia.
12600 block Artesia Blvd (10/15): Tools valued at $5,000 stolen from storage containers.
16000 Canyon Creek Rd (10/16): A camera valued at $6,000 stolen from unlocked vehicle in front of victim's residence.
12600 block Artesia Blvd (10/8-10): A saxophone on display was stolen from Sam Ash music store.

 

Grand Theft Auto

16200 block Estella Ave (10/12): '04 BMW parked in the street stolen and recovered next day in Cerritos.
11400 block South St (10/14): '91 Honda Accord stolen from shopping center parking lot.
13400 block Village Dr (10/15-16): '94 Honda Civic stolen from rear parking area and recovered 10/19 in Norwalk.
11400 block South St (10/17-18): '06 Toyota Corolla stolen from shopping center and recovered 10/22 in 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.

A Burglary Prevention Safety Tip

Residential burglary has declined 11 percent since the beginning of 2014, although there are still about 3.6 reported cases every week in Cerritos. While the historic pattern of occurrence on Monday through Friday and from about 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. is still the general pattern, many burglaries are occurring on weekends, as was the case this past week with four being reported on Saturday. Front doors are often kicked open, but most points of entry continue to be rear and side doors and windows. And as is the practice of professional burglary crews, most homes are completely ransacked and easy-to-carry electronic equipment or jewelry are usually the targets. The Cerritos Community Safety Division staff strongly suggests residents consider installing a monitored burglar alarm on their homes to help "harden the target." Few homes with alarms are burglarized, and when they are the suspects either quickly retreat or do not ransack the home. Burglars are pretty bold, but they do not want to be seen or caught and anything that brings attention will usually scare burglars away. And for your neighbors' sake, If You See Something, Say Something and call the Cerritos Sheriff's Station at (562) 860-0044.

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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