Cerritos Sheriff's Station Weekly
Updated April 11, 2017
March 27–April 2, 2017
There were 34 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past reporting period, resulting in an increase of seven from the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: one robbery, three aggravated assaults, four residential burglaries, four commercial/other structure burglaries, eight grand thefts, four vehicle thefts, and nine vehicle burglaries. Cerritos Station deputies made three felony arrests, 12 misdemeanor arrests, three warrant arrests, and issued 40 citations. The Sheriff’s dispatch center also received a total of 493 calls for service.
20200 block of Bloomfield Avenue (03/29—Evening): The suspects entered the store while it was open for business and concealed several electronic items in a bag. The suspects exited the store, making no attempt to pay for the items. A store loss prevention officer identified himself and told one of the suspects he was under citizen’s arrest. The suspect ignored the officer so he grabbed a hold of the bag containing the stolen items. The suspect held onto the bag and began to assault the officer, causing the officer to let go. The suspect got into a black Kia Optima, driven by the second suspect. They fled out of view.
12700 block of Center Court Drive (04/01—Evening): The victim was assaulted while attending a wedding. The suspects were also attendees at the wedding.
18600 block of Bloomfield Avenue (03/30—Afternoon): The victim was sitting on the grass when the suspect rode up on his bike. The suspect asked the victim a question and then suddenly kicked the victim in the face, causing him to fall back. The suspect kicked the victim a second time and then fled on his bike.
19100 block of Gridley Road (03/27—Afternoon): The known suspect bit the victim in the arm during an argument. The suspect was arrested.
13300 block of Ridgecrest Lane (04/01—Morning): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering a side window. Stolen was U.S currency.
12300 block of La Jara Lane (04/02—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the attached garage of the home via the garage door that was left open. Stolen was a rototiller.
12900 block of Oak Crest Street (03/27-28—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the home via the rear door and then entered the garage by prying open the interior garage door. Stolen were tools, copper wire, and an oxygen tank.
17300 block of Morningrain Avenue (03/27—Afternoon): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the side door. Stolen was a safe.
Commercial/Other Structure Burglary:
11300 block of South Street (04/02—Morning): The suspect entered the location by shattering the side door. Stolen was cash.
13300 block of South Street (03/30—Morning): The suspect entered the location by shattering the front door. Nothing appeared to be stolen.
13200 block of South Street (03/30—Morning): The suspect entered the location by shattering the front door. Stolen was cash.
13200 block of South Street (03/30—Morning): The suspect entered the location by shattering the front door. Stolen was U.S currency.
11500 block of South Street (03/29—Morning): The suspects entered the store while opened for business and stole several electronic devices.
20200 block of Bloomfield Avenue (03/29—Morning): The suspects entered the store while opened for business and stole several electronic devices.
13200 block of Sutton Street (03/29—Morning): The suspect(s) entered an unlocked vehicle and stole a backpack and electronic devices.
239 Los Cerritos Center (03/28—Evening): The suspect entered the store while opened for business and stole several bottles of perfume.
18900 block of Vickie Avenue (03/27—Evening): The suspect grabbed the victim’s purse from her shoulder and the phone out of her hand. The suspect fled in an unknown direction.
12700 block of Towne Center Drive (03/21—Evening): The suspects entered the store while opened for business and stole makeup.
11800 block of Monroe Street (11/04/16-03/29/17—Unknown): The suspect scammed the victim, over the phone, out of thousands of dollars in cash.
17500 block of Kay Court (12/19/16—Afternoon): The known suspect stole cash from the victim.
Grand Theft Auto:
16000 block of Canyon Creek Road (04/01-02—Unknown): The suspect(s) stole a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado from the residence.
13500 block of Semora Place (04/01—Morning): The suspect(s) stole a 1990 Nissan King Cab from the street in front of the residence.
16200 block of Bloomfield Avenue (03/31—Morning): The suspect(s) stole a 1992 Honda Civic from the location.
12700 block of Center Court Drive (03/30—Day): The suspect(s) stole a 2007 Cadillac Escalade from the location.
19700 block of Jacob Avenue (04/01-02—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered a 2014 Acura MDX, parked at the residence, by shattering a window. Stolen was work equipment.
20000 block of Thornlake Avenue (04/01-02—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered a 1999 Honda Accord, parked at the residence, by shattering a window. Stolen was a pair of sunglasses, headphones, and vehicle registration.
11800 block of Del Amo Boulevard (04/01—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 2004 Toyota Sequoia, parked in the parking lot, by shattering a window. Stolen was a purse.
12600 block of Artesia Boulevard (04/01—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 2017 Mercedes GL43, parked at the residence, by shattering a window. Stolen were vehicle keys.
19900 block of Ibex Avenue (03/30—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 2012 Toyota Camry, parked at the residence, by shattering a window. Stolen was a backpack.
17900 block of Studebaker Road (03/29—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche, parked in the parking lot, by punching the door lock. Stolen was a bag and keys.
239 Los Cerritos Center (03/27—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2010 GMC Yukon, parked in the parking lot, by prying the rear window open. Stolen were the backseats.
19500 block of Nicholas Avenue (03/27-28—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered a 2011 Nissan Versa, parked at the residence, by shattering a window. Stolen was a jacket and an electronic device.
11200 block of Agnes Street (03/26-27—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered a 2014 Scion, parked at the residence, by shattering a window. Stolen was a purse
Simple Prevention Tips
Auto burglaries continue to be a recurring crime. A criminal will target a car, either locked or unlocked, and use a variety of objects to gain access. They will steal the stereo, compact discs, clothing, sunglasses, as well as rifle through the center console and glove box.
While not as frequent as a burglary from vehicle, auto theft is also a threat to car owners. Many times the vehicle will be recovered, but usually at a price. The interior and exterior may be scavenged for sellable parts, including the stereo, cell phone, hubcaps, tires, and/or engine parts.
Following a few simple steps may discourage criminals from focusing on your car:
- Lock your car and close all of the windows. Make sure the trunk is locked.
- Control your keys and never leave an ID tag on your key ring.
- If you are carrying valuable items, store them in your trunk, including backpacks, GPS units, and so forth.
- Park under street lamps when possible or in well-lit areas.
- Consider an anti-theft device such as steering column locks, alarms, or an engine/fuel kill switch. Purchase stereo systems with a removable faceplate and keep the faceplate with you when the vehicle is not in use.
- De-emphasize the value of the vehicle as much as possible.
- Keep your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and a complete description of your car, your stereo system, and associated serial numbers in a safe place at home. This will help police in the possible recovery of these items.
- Engrave your driver’s license number and state identification on valuable items such as the stereo, speakers, amplifiers, and cell phones.
- Never carry the title in the vehicle. Keep the document in a safe place at home.
- License plates are also frequently stolen and used on stolen cars involved in other crimes. Get in the habit of checking your plates when you drive. A few drops of solder on the bolts or blurring the threads can help safeguard your plates.
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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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.