Cerritos Sheriff's Station Weekly
Updated September 14, 2016
August 29 – September 4, 2016
There were 17 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past reporting period, resulting in a decrease of six from the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: three robberies, three residential burglaries, three commercial/other structure burglaries, and eight vehicle burglaries. Cerritos Station deputies made four felony arrests, nine misdemeanor arrests, four warrant arrests, and issued 65 citations. The Sheriff’s dispatch center also received a total of 372 calls for service.
12800 block of Towne Center Drive (08/29—Evening): The suspect entered the location, while it was open for business, and stole articles of clothing. The suspect struck the loss prevention officer in an attempt to get away. The suspect was arrested.
12700 block of South Street (08/31—Evening): The suspects pulled up next to the victim as he was walking. The first suspect exited the vehicle and demanded the victim’s wallet. The victim gave the suspect his wallet. The suspect got back into the vehicle and the second suspect drove away.
20200 block of Bloomfield Avenue (09/03—Afternoon): The suspect entered the location, while it was open for business, and stole various items. The suspect struck the loss prevention officer in an attempt to get away. The suspect was arrested.
16700 block of Laurelbrook Way (08/28-29—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the attached garage of the home through an unlocked garage door. Stolen were bicycles, clothing, and sports equipment.
20200 block of Mapes Avenue (09/02—Day): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding door. It is unknown what was stolen.
12500 block of Wayne Circle (09/03—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering a rear window. Stolen from the home was a safe and personal documents.
Commercial/Other Structure Burglary:
16900 block of Cedarwood Court (08/29-30—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered the detached garage of the home. Stolen were personal documents and shoes from an unlocked vehicle parked in the garage.
18700 block of Jeffrey Avenue (08/31-09/01—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered the detached garage of the home. Stolen were sunglasses, a tool box, and duffle bag.
13900 block of Bettencourt Street (09/03—Morning): The suspects entered the location by cutting a hole in a rear wall. It is unknown what was stolen.
17600 block of Palo Verde Avenue (08/29-30—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered a 2005 Toyota 4Runner, parked at the residence, by shattering a window. Stolen were a car charger and a speaker.
13300 block of South Street (08/30—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 1994 Ford Explorer, parked in the parking lot, through a car window that was slightly down. Stolen was a backpack.
12500 block of Felson Street (08/30-31—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered a 2015 Toyota Highlander parked in the driveway and stole a briefcase. It is unknown how entry was made.
11200 block of 183rd Street (09/02—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2003 Honda Accord, parked in the parking lot, by shattering a window. Stolen was a purse.
12500 block of Oakcreek Lane (09/02—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered a Toyota Camry parked at the residence.
18400 block of Studebaker Road (09/03—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe parked at the residence and stole a backpack and cellphone. It is unknown how entry was made into the vehicle.
18400 block of Studebaker Road (09/03—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered a 2014 Mercedes C250 parked at the residence and stole sunglasses. It is unknown how entry was made into the vehicle.
13400 block of Village Drive (09/03-04—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered a 1998 Honda Civic parked at the residence by shattering a window. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
Simple Prevention Tips
Lock your doors
While this piece of advice should be a no-brainer, according to some law enforcement agencies, up to a quarter of vehicle thefts are from unlocked cars. Even running into the store for a quick drink is too long to leave your vehicle's contents open for the taking. Simply locking the doors will deter those who might just be waiting around for an easy target.
Keep it tidy
Almost any worthless personal item that is visible from the outside—even an empty shopping bag—can be seen as a valuable or a carrier of valuables. If you have a wagon or SUV that leaves your cargo area on display, consider getting a cover. Most of these vehicles can be fitted with inexpensive retractable covers to help keep shopping bags or other belongings out of sight.
Conceal all the evidence
Do not leave any bait out for thieves. Stow your electronics and accessories well out of sight or better yet, bring it with you. The evidence alone might be enough to pique the interest of thieves, so hide that too, including power plugs, telltale iPod adapters, or navigation system windshield suction-cup mounts. Make sure to put the cigarette lighter back in place.
Stash before—not after—you park
Get in the habit of putting personal items and shopping bags in the trunk right when you return to the vehicle, rather than after you park at the next place. Thieves sometimes linger in busy parking lots looking for valuables being moved out of sight. Do not display to them what you have.
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.
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.