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Cerritos Sheriff's Station Weekly
Crime Summary

Updated June 17, 2016

June 6 – 12, 2016

There were 22 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past reporting period, resulting in a decrease of two from the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: one robbery, five residential burglaries, two commercial/other structure burglaries, two grand thefts, eight vehicle burglaries, and three vehicle thefts. Cerritos Station deputies made two felony arrests, 12 misdemeanor arrests, six warrant arrests, and issued 100 citations. The Sheriff’s dispatch center also received a total of 345 calls for service.

Robbery:

239 Los Cerritos Center (06/10—Morning): The two suspects drove slowly by the victim as she was walking in the parking lot towards the mall. When the vehicle got close enough, the passenger reached out and grabbed the victim’s purse, which was on her shoulder. The victim was dragged several feet by the suspect vehicle until she let go of her purse. The suspects involved in this type of robbery were arrested this week in Lakewood. Detectives are investigating the case.

Residential Burglary:

17300 block of Holmes Circle (06/07-08—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered the attached garage of a home using the garage remote stolen from the vehicle parked in the driveway. No entry was made into the home as the connecting door was locked. It is unknown what was stolen from the garage.
13000 block of Semora Drive (06/08—Early Morning): The suspect(s) entered the attached garage of a home using the garage remote stolen from the vehicle parked in the driveway. Entry was made into the home through the connecting door and it is unknown what was stolen.
13400 block of Aclare Street (06/08—Early Morning): The suspect(s) entered the attached garage of a home using the garage remote stolen from the vehicle parked in the driveway. Entry was made into the home through the connecting door and it is unknown what was stolen.
17200 block of Holmes Avenue (06/08—Early Morning): The suspect(s) entered the attached garage of a home using the garage remote stolen from the vehicle parked in the driveway. No entry was made into the home as the connecting door was locked. It is unknown what was stolen from the garage.
17400 block of Harvest Avenue (06/11—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the home through an unlocked second story window. A ladder that was left in the back yard was used to access the window. Stolen was a coin box.

Commercial/Other Structure Burglary:

12600 block of Artesia Boulevard (06/05-06—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the storage container by prying the door open. It is unknown what was stolen.
14100 block of Arbor Place (06/11—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the location through a side door. It is unknown how the door was opened or what was stolen.

Grand Theft:

13500 block of La Jara Street (06/10-11- Overnight): The suspect(s) entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle, parked in the driveway, and stole a key folder.

239 Los Cerritos Center (06/11—Afternoon): The suspect entered the clothing store, while it was open for business, and asked to view some watches. While he was looking at them, he suddenly ran out the exit doors with the watches and out of view.

Vehicle Burglary:

16000 block of Butterfield Lane (06/05-06—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered a 2006 Honda Pilot, parked in the resident parking area, by shattering a window. It is unknown what was stolen.
11100 block of Artesia Boulevard (06/07—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse, parked in the parking lot, by shattering a window. Stolen was a purse.
13300 block of South Street (06/08—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2009 Chevrolet Suburban, parked in the parking lot, by prying the rear door lock. Stolen was the third row seat.
11500 block of South Street (06/08—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2007 Cadillac Escalade, parked in the parking lot, by prying the rear latch. Stolen was the third row seat.
10900 block of Alondra Boulevard (06/09—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 2002 Chevrolet 2500, parked in the parking lot, by punching the door lock. Stolen were various tools.
12900 block of Park Plaza Drive (06/09—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 2015 Nissan Maxima, parked in the parking lot, by shattering a window. Stolen was luggage.
17300 block of Studebaker Road (06/10—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe, parked on the street, by prying the rear latch. Stolen was the third row seat and an electronic device.
17200 block of Studebaker Road (06/10—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, parked on the street, by prying the rear latch. Stolen was the third row seat and an electronic device.

Grand Theft Auto:

11100 block of 183rd Street (06/09—Evening): The suspect(s) stole a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado from the parking lot.
18400 block of Studebaker Road (06/05-06—Overnight): The suspect(s) stole a 2016 Ford F150 from the designated parking area.
10700 block of South Street (06/04-06—Unknown): The suspect(s) attempted to steal a 1994 Toyota truck from the parking lot.

Simple Prevention Tips

This past week Cerritos suffered several burglaries wherein the suspect entered the garage of the residence by accessing the garage remote control, which had been left inside a parked car. Please consider removing the garage door remote from your vehicle while parked at your house. If the burglars get into your car, they can then get into your garage using the remote. This small inconvenience is well worth the safety you will gain.

Sliding glass doors are vulnerable to being forced open from the outside. Inserting a wooden dowel or stick into the track, thus preventing or limiting door movement, easily prevents this. Other inexpensive devices can be found at your local hardware store to help secure windows and sliders.

Vehicle burglary is on the rise in Cerritos. This is partly due to the vast array of property that is left inside parked cars. Laptop computers, cell phones, GPS devices, aftermarket car stereo systems, video systems (often mounted in headrests), even purses and wallets are just a few examples of the “window shopping” goodies criminals feast upon. It takes less than a minute to break a vehicle’s window, unlock the door, and remove items left inside. Most of the time there are no witnesses to these offenses because of the ease and speed of the theft.

Always remember to lock your vehicle. True, it only takes a second to break a window, but doing so makes noise—and criminals hate to make noise because it attracts attention. Hide valuables from sight, even better, take them with you. Try and hide your valuables BEFORE finding your destination parking spot. If a criminal sees you put a laptop in the trunk, they will just break into the trunk when you leave. The same applies for putting property under a seat. If a criminal sees you reaching under a seat, they will assume you left something of value there.

Vehicles are stolen from shopping malls, streets, driveways, parking lots, garages, and car dealerships. Automobile theft seems to occur with greater frequency where large groups of cars are parked together for extended periods, like shopping malls, theatres, and parks. 

Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you are away from it, even for "just a minute." Always roll up the windows and lock the car, even if it is in front of your home. Park in busy, well-lighted areas. Carry the registration and insurance card with you. Do not leave personal identification documents or credit cards in your vehicle. When you pay to park in a lot or garage, leave just the ignition or valet key with the attendant. Make sure no personal information is attached. Do the same when you take your car for repairs.

No one ever expects to be the victim of a crime. Consequently, crime prevention is rarely in the forefront of our daily lives. But the reality is that it only takes a few minutes to protect yourself and your property. Once you start implementing the simple tips we provide every week, they will become habit and engrained in your everyday lives.

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.

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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