Cerritos Sheriff's Station Weekly
Updated April 29, 2016
April 18 – 24, 2016
There were 28 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past reporting period, resulting in an increase of six from the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: two aggravated assaults, six residential burglaries, one commercial/other structure burglaries, five grand thefts, ten vehicle burglaries, and two vehicle thefts. Cerritos Station deputies made four felony arrests, two misdemeanor arrests, and issued 77 citations. The Sheriff’s dispatch center also received a total of 384 calls for service.
18700 block of Viking Way (04/19—Afternoon): The known suspect threw a can of food at the victim’s face, striking her in the mouth. The victim and suspect are family members. The suspect was arrested by Cerritos deputies.
19800 block of Bloomfield Avenue (04/24—Evening): The victim noticed an adult male transient (suspect) in distress and holding a knife to his wrist. When the victim intervened, the transient suspect placed the knife to the victim’s throat and threatened to kill him. The suspect fled the area, but was arrested by responding Cerritos deputies.
16700 block of Judy Way (04/17-18—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered the attached garage of the home and stole various tools. Entry was made via the garage door that had been left open. No entry was made into the home.
13000 block of Espinheira Drive (04/17-18—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the location via a window that had been left unlocked. Electronic devices were stolen.
13500 block of Caravel Street (04/22—Afternoon): The suspect(s) entered the location via a rear window. It is unknown what was stolen.
13700 block of Darvalle Avenue (04/22—Afternoon): The suspect(s) entered the location via a side bathroom window. It is unknown what was stolen.
13100 block of Abana Place (04/22—Afternoon): The suspect(s) entered the location by kicking in the front door. It is unknown what was stolen.
13000 block of Destino Lane (04/22—Afternoon): The suspect entered the location via the rear sliding door that was left unlocked. Nothing was stolen as the homeowner was home and scared the suspect away.
Commercial/Other Structure Burglary:
11000 block of Artesia Boulevard (04/20—Early Morning): The suspect(s) pried open the front door of the restaurant. Nothing was stolen.
12600 block of Towne Center Drive (04/13—Afternoon): The suspect(s) stole a pair of cell phones from a recently delivered package.
11400 block of South Street (04/19—Afternoon): The suspects entered the location, while it was open for business, and stole several cell phones.
13300 block of South Street (04/19—Afternoon): The suspect(s) stole the victim’s bicycle, which was chained to a pole in front of the location.
18000 block of David Way (04/23-24—Overnight): The suspect(s) stole several tools from the open truck bed of the victim’s vehicle, which was parked in the driveway.
239 Los Cerritos Center (04/24—Afternoon): The suspect entered the location, while it was open for business, and followed the victim around the store. When the victim was not paying attention, the suspect reached into the victim’s open purse, which was hanging on her shoulder, and stole her wallet.
11500 block of Bos Street (04/19—Afternoon): The suspect(s) entered a 2003 Toyota 4Runner, parked in the parking lot, by shattering a window. It is unknown what was stolen.
18800 block of Watson Avenue (04/20-21—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered a 1989 GMC Sierra, parked on the street in front of the residence and stole a fabric organizer. It is unknown how entry was made.
12700 block of Towne Center Drive (04/20-21—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 2015 Mercedes ML350, parked in the parking lot, by shattering a window. Stolen was a bag.
12800 block of Towne Center Drive (04/21—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2014 Ford Escape, parked in the parking lot, by shattering a window. Stolen was a purse.
18800 block of Carmenita Road (04/21-22—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered a 2015 Kia Soul, parked in the parking lot, by shattering a window. Stolen was a purse.
10800 block of Artesia Boulevard (04/22-23—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 1997 GMC Sierra, parked in the parking lot, by shattering a window. Stolen was a vacuum.
239 Los Cerritos Center (04/23—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2005 Dodge Durango, parked in the parking lot, and stole hair clippers, miscellaneous documents, and makeup. It is unknown how entry was made.
19200 block of Studebaker Road (04/24—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2015 Honda Accord, parked at a public facility parking lot, by shattering a window. Stolen were sunglasses and a hat.
19200 block of Studebaker Road (04/24—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2014 Kia Optima, parked at a public facility parking lot, by shattering a window. Stolen was a purse.
18400 block of Gridley Road (04/24—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2009 GMC Yukon, parked in the parking lot and stole the third row seat. It is unknown how entry was made.
Grand Theft Auto:
16900 block of Gridley Road (04/18-19—Unknown): The suspect(s) stole a 1998 GMC W4500 parked in the parking lot.
11300 block of Felson Street (04/20—Early Morning): The suspect(s) stole a 2009 Dodge Charger parked on the street in front of the residence.
Simple Prevention Tips
Few crimes are more impactful than residential burglaries. They are felt by the entire family, as well as surrounding neighbors. We all want to feel safe and secure in our own homes and we want to know that our property is protected when we are not home. Burglars like to use side and rear entrances to get into a home because if affords them more concealment. Consider keeping the hedges and trees that grow close to doors and windows trimmed. Audible alarms make for great deterrents. Very few criminals will stick around to complete a crime once that loud, attention grabbing, alarm sounds. If you tend to just use the overhead door to your garage, it is easy to overlook the pedestrian door. Make sure you have a quality lock installed and keep it secured.
If you are a business owner, protect your merchandise by keeping a watchful eye on patrons. If someone looks suspicious or nervous, they may be looking for an opportunity to steal. Make eye contact or engage them in friendly conversation. Avoid placing display tables close to entrances and exits. Consider installing visible cameras through the interior and exterior of your business.
Internet scams and thefts are at all-time highs. Never give your personal or financial information to anyone over the Internet unless you have verified their authenticity. Educate yourself before entering into any transactions over the Internet. Learn as much as possible about the seller, especially if the only information you have is an e-mail address. If it is a business, check the Better Business Bureau where the seller/business is located. If possible, purchase items online using your credit card, because you can often dispute the charges if something goes wrong.
Vehicle burglaries are crimes of opportunity. Reduce your risk of becoming a victim by removing valuables when you leave the car. Lock all doors and windows, and do not be tempted by the heat to leave your window slightly “cracked” open. Consider using a sunshade, not only will you make it difficult for criminals to see inside; you will help protect the interior from sun damage.
Vehicle theft is on the rise all across Los Angeles County. There are some fairly easy steps you can take to reduce the risk of your vehicle being stolen. Always park in well-lighted areas and consider installing a motion sensor light that covers your driveway. Install a mechanical locking device — commonly referred to as clubs, collars, or J-bars — that lock to the steering wheel, column or brake to prevent the wheel from being turned more than a few degrees. If you buy it, use it!
Your prevention efforts have a greater impact on reducing crime than most other measures. Remain vigilant. If you see suspicious persons or activity in your neighborhood or around your business, call Cerritos Sheriff’s Station at (562) 860-0044 or 911 immediately.
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.