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Cerritos Sheriff’s Station Weekly
Crime Summary

Updated February 26, 2015

February 16 – 22, 2015

There were 25 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past reporting period, an increase of five over the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: 18 residential burglaries (one was an attempt): two commercial/other structure burglaries; three vehicle burglaries; and two auto thefts (one was an attempt). Deputies made two felony arrests, 13 misdemeanor arrests, six warrant arrests, and issued 124 traffic citations. The Sheriff's dispatch center also received a total of 286 calls, considerably more than the 2015 weekly average of about 232.

Residential Burglary:

Note that the 18 residential burglaries reported last week are well above the 2015 average of 5.9 per week. Fourteen of these burglaries occurred during daytime hours, 12 on weekdays and two last Saturday. None of the targeted homes had a monitored alarm system, which is highly recommended. Deputies did make an excellent arrest of three possible burglars who were casing Cerritos neighborhoods last Sunday, 2/22, and no residential burglaries have been reported the first three days of this current week.

12300 block Rose St (2/16): Suspect entered through an unlocked kitchen window, but the loss is undetermined.
17000 block De Groot Pl (2/17): Suspect shattered a rear glass sliding door, ransacked several rooms, but the loss is undetermined.
13000 block Itapetinga Ln (2/17): Suspect shattered rear glass sliding door, ransacked the bedrooms, and stole jewelry.
16400 block Bubbling View Cir (2/17): Suspect shattered rear sliding glass door, ransacked the bedrooms, and stole jewelry.
12600 block Caravel St (2/19): Resident heard noise in his bedroom and when he went to investigate he observed a male suspect trying to climb inside of the unlocked window. The suspect fled before deputies arrived at the location.
18900 block Vickie Ave (2/19): After removing a bedroom window screen and unsuccessfully trying to enter an apartment unit, a suspect kicked in the front door, ransacked the master bedroom, and stole jewelry.
18900 block Vickie Ave (2/10): Suspect pried open a sliding glass door of an apartment unit and stole coins from the bedroom.
19200 block Crossdale Ave (2/19): Suspect shattered a rear sliding door, ransacked the home, and stole an iPad and jewelry.
12500 block Inglenook Ln (2/19): Suspect kicked open a double front door, ransacked the bedrooms, and stole several purses and a woman's wedding ring.
17600 block Harvest Ave (2/19): Suspect shattered rear sliding door, ransacked the residence, but the loss is undetermined.
11800 block Athene Dr (2/19): Suspect shattered rear sliding door, ransacked the bedrooms, but the loss is undetermined.
13400 block Andy St (2/19-20): Suspect entered unlocked window during overnight hours and stole the elderly resident's wallet. A possible suspect is the victim's 19-year-old grandson.
13400 block Droxford St (2/20): Suspect entered unlocked side garage door, went into the residence, ransacked several rooms, and stole a large amount of cash from an envelope in a dresser drawer.
17000 block Pires Ave (2/21): Suspect kicked in a front door, ransacked several bedrooms, but the loss is unknown.
18800 block Godinho Ave (12/31-2/21): Suspect kicked in the front door of a vacant home, but no property was stolen.
12200 block Christopher Ln (2/20-21): Victim accidentally left her garage door up all night and a suspect entered and stole an iPad, a clarinet, and fishing poles.
12300 block 185th St (2/21-22): Suspect entered through a possibly unlocked front window and stole a large amount of expensive jewelry from the bedroom.
17400 block Harvest Ave (2/21): Suspect removed a kitchen window screen but was frightened away by the resident.

Commercial/Other Structure Burglary:

13800 block Bentley Pl (2/18): Suspects entered a warehouse and stole several boxes of cosmetics.
13400 block Village Dr (2/19): Suspect cut a lock on a storage locker at an apartment complex and stole golf clubs.

 Vehicle Burglary:

19900 block Claretta Ave (2/19-20): Suspect stole tools from the bed of a truck parked in the victim's driveway.
11800 block Del Amo Blvd (2/21): Suspect shattered the window of a '05 Chevy Tahoe parked outside of LA Fitness and stole golf clubs.
10800 block Alondra Blvd (2/22): Suspect shattered a rear window on a '07 Honda Accord parked outside of LA Fitness and stole a woman's purse containing cash and credit cards.

Grand Theft Auto:

300 Los Cerritos Ctr (2/21): Suspect stole a '97 GMC Yukon from the mall parking lot on the east side of Nordstrom's.
310 Los Cerritos Center (attempt on 2/16): Two male suspects backed a U-Haul truck into a parking space next to a parked '14 Yamaha motorcycle. One suspect exited the truck, pulled the cycle to the rear of the U-Haul, but was unable to pick up the motorcycle and put it into the truck. The suspects eventually drove away from the lot leaving the motorcycle behind.

Can Emergency Services Find You?

Numerous times each day Sheriff's, fire and paramedic services are requested by Cerritos residents. The Sheriff's Station dispatch center receives hundreds of calls every month, including about 200 calls requesting fire or paramedic services (almost all fire department calls are requests for paramedics). While emergency services response times are exceptional in Cerritos, those providing these critical services are frequently delayed because many homes in Cerritos do not have address numbers clearly visible from the street. In addition, curb addresses are also missing due to the impact of vehicle tires. It is recommended that you check the front of your home and be sure your address is clearly visible to responding emergency service personnel should they ever be needed. You might also take a look at your neighbor's home as well and share this information. With so many paramedic requests each month, even a slight delay in identifying the address could have serious and unfortunate consequences.

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.

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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