Cerritos Sheriff's Station Weekly
Updated April 16, 2015
April 6 – April 12, 2015
There were 23 Part 1 felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past reporting period, an increase of nine from the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: one robbery, six residential burglaries, three commercial/other structure burglaries, eight vehicle burglaries, two grand thefts, and three auto thefts. Cerritos Station deputies made six felony arrests, ten misdemeanor arrests, four warrant arrests, and issued 102 traffic citations. The Sheriff’s dispatch center received a total of 235 calls for service, a decrease from the 2015 weekly average of 253.
Los Cerritos Center (04/10 — Day): Two female suspects entered a business during regular business hours, selected several items off the display shelves and left the store without paying for the items. When loss prevention agents confronted them outside the store, the suspects fought. The suspects’ combative actions elevated the crime from a theft to a robbery. Both suspects were arrested for robbery and safely taken into custody.
12300 block of Hedda Dr. (04/12 — Day): The suspect(s) entered the home by prying open a bedroom window. The audible alarm at the residence sounded and the suspect(s) left before they were able to take anything.
12500 block of Pinegrove Ln. (04/10 — Day): The suspect(s) pried open a rear sliding glass door to make entry into the home. The suspect(s) stole electronics and money from the home.
13800 block of Destino St. (03/27 — Late Afternoon): The suspect(s) entered the home through a rear sliding door that may have been left unlocked. The suspect(s) stole a wallet left in a desk drawer.
19100 block of Vickie Ave. (Attempt, 04/12 — Day): Neighbors heard the suspects knocking on the victim’s front door and then saw the suspects go around to the back of the house. Neighbors quickly called law enforcement and reported what they had seen. The suspects attempted to break a rear window, but fled before deputies arrived on scene.
12600 block of Park St. (04/07 — Late Evening): The suspect entered the home through a rear window that had been left open. The suspect was apprehended by Cerritos deputies after a neighbor noticed suspicious activity and called 911.
17800 block of Vierra Ave. (04/10-12 — Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the home through a rear sliding door. It is unknown if the door was locked or unlocked. The suspect(s) stole electronics and other valuables from the residence.
Commercial/Other Structure Burglary:
16000 block of Piuma Ave. (Attempt, 04/10): The suspect(s) attempted to enter the location by prying open a steel door. The suspect(s) were unable to force the door open and fled the area.
17300 block of Edwards Rd. (04/12): The suspect entered an office building by shattering a glass window. Nothing was found to be missing by the owner.
16400 block of Berwyn Rd. (04/09-10): The suspect(s) stole two tires off of a trailer parked in the rear parking lot of the location.
13200 block of Moore St. (03/31-04/01): The suspect(s) stole several thousands of dollars worth of electronic equipment from the location, which was set to be delivered to the victim the following day.
12900 block of Park Plaza Dr. (04/09): The suspect(s) pried the rear window of a 2013 GMC Yukon and stole the vehicle’s 3rd row seat.
11100 block Artesia Blvd. (04/12): The suspect(s) shattered the window of a 2014 Ford Escape and stole a purse left inside of the vehicle.
19700 block of Bloomfield Ave. (04/10): The suspect(s) shattered the window of a 2011 Acura MDX and stole a diaper bag left inside of the vehicle.
11100 block Artesia Blvd. (04/11): The suspect(s) shattered the window of a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe and stole a purse left inside of the vehicle.
20200 block of Bloomfield Ave. (04/08): The suspect(s) were able to enter a 2007 Pontiac GS by reaching in through a partially open window and accessing the interior pop-up lock. The suspect(s) stole important documents left inside of the vehicle’s center console.
11100 block Artesia Blvd. (04/11): The suspect(s) punched the door lock of a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban and stole a gym bag that had been left in plain view on the floorboard.
19900 block of Bloomfield Ave. (04/11): The suspect(s) shattered the front passenger window of a 1997 Honda CRV and stole a purse left inside of the vehicle.
12700 block of Center Court Dr. (04/11): The suspect(s) pried the rear window of a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe and stole the vehicle’s 3rd row seat.
Grand Theft Auto:
16900 block of Jeanette Ave. (04/02): The suspect(s) stole a 1994 Honda Accord from the parking lot of the location. The vehicle was recovered in the City of Buena Park.
18300 block of Studebaker Rd. (03/31): The suspect(s) stole a 1993 Honda Accord from the parking lot of the location. The vehicle has not yet been recovered.
16600 block of Chaparral Ave. (04/04): The suspect(s) stole a 1994 Honda Accord from the parking lot of the location. The vehicle was recovered in a residential neighborhood in Cerritos.
Simple Prevention Tips
Law enforcement is noticing an increasing trend in residential burglaries throughout Los Angeles County. There have been 3,142 burglaries reported throughout the Sheriff's jurisdiction during the first Quarter of 2015; that represents a three percent increase. This week's batch of residential burglaries revealed that the majority of burglars forced entry into the home from the rear yard or simply entered the house through an unlocked rear window during daylight hours. Always secure your doors and windows when you leave your home unoccupied. Several burglaries were foiled because of a home burglar alarm or alert neighbors. Always call Cerritos Station when you see suspicious persons loitering in your neighborhoods. Consider using your cell phone to take photos of any suspicious vehicles to aide in post-incident investigations.
Cerritos homes are attractive objects to would-be thieves. Although Cerritos Station utilizes a cadre of volunteers on patrol, a crime analyst, and seven deputies assigned exclusively to a crime suppression team, the best defense against residential burglars is (1) the homeowner and (2) vigilant neighbors. Homeowners can make their homes less desirable to thieves by keeping the garage door closed, trimming any bushes that block views from the street, locking side gates, locking doors and windows whenever you leave your house unattended, and by developing a network of watchful neighbors.
Thieves Love Carelessness:
Automobile glass is transparent, shatters on impact, and makes little noise when broken using a spring-loaded tool. Automobile glass is designed to protect the occupants and cargo from weather, not thieves. This week, several criminals taught trusting and unsuspecting victims that leaving expensive items in plain view behind fragile glass is unwise. Never tempt fate or criminals with acts of carelessness. Always place desirable objects out of view or locked in the vehicle's truck. When it comes to vehicle contents, remember — Secure it, Hide it, or Risk Losing it.
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.