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Cerritos Sheriff's Station Weekly
Crime Summary

Updated July 15, 2016

July 4 – 10, 2016

There were 32 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past reporting period, resulting in an increase of 14 from the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: two robberies, two aggravated assaults, four residential burglaries, four commercial/other structure burglaries, four grand thefts, nine vehicle burglaries, and seven vehicle thefts. Cerritos Station deputies made three felony arrests, 11 misdemeanor arrests, six warrant arrests, and issued 46 citations. The Sheriff’s dispatch center also received a total of 417 calls for service.

Robbery:

Norwalk Boulevard & Silva Place (07/05—Afternoon): The suspect approached the victim from behind as she was walking down the street. The suspect grabbed the victim’s purse and the victim held onto it. A struggle ensued and the victim lost her grip on her purse. The suspect fled on a bicycle. A short time later the suspect was spotted and arrested.
13300 block of Artesia Boulevard (07/09—Evening): The suspect contacted the victim after he had placed an item for sale on “Craigslist.” The victim and the suspect met in the parking lot of the location. The female suspect was looking at the “for sale” item when a male suspect exited the rear of the female suspect’s vehicle holding a handgun. The victim saw the male suspect and ran away, leaving behind his own car and the item, which were both stolen by the suspects.

Aggravated Assault:

239 Los Cerritos Center (07/06—Afternoon): The suspect left his infant child in the car while he went shopping. A store employee saw the child and quickly dialed 911. Fire responded and safely removed the child from the car. The suspect was arrested. The child was not injured.
12700 block of Castleford Lane (07/08—Evening): The victim and the suspect are roommates who got into an argument. The suspect shot a Taser dart at the victim’s face, striking him. The suspect was arrested a short time later.

Residential Burglary:

16700 block of Shenandoah Avenue (07/03-04—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the attached garage of the home and stole a floor jack. Entry was made through the rollup garage door that was left open.
12400 block of Pinegrove Avenue (07/06—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the home through the rear sliding door that was left unlocked. Stolen were valuables and electronic devices.
20100 block of Mapes Avenue (07/08—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding door. Stolen were valuables.
12300 block of La Jara Lane (07/08-09—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding door. Stolen was a safe.

Commercial/Other Structure Burglary:

13300 block of Artesia Boulevard (07/04 –Morning): The suspect entered the location by shattering the front door. The suspect attempted to steal a safe.
15900 block of Piuma Avenue (07/04—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the location by prying open the front door. Stolen were electronic devices, e-cigarettes, and a register.
11500 block of South Street (06/08-07/08—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the location, while it was open for business, and broke into several candy machines. Stolen was U.S. currency.
13700 block of Artesia Boulevard (07/09-10—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered the location by shattering the side door. Stolen was the register.

Grand Theft:

18800 block of Belshire Avenue (06/30-07/01—Unknown): The suspect(s) stole valuables from the home.
13300 block of Artesia Boulevard (07/02—Evening): The suspect attempted to steal the air/water dispenser from the location.
239 Los Cerritos Center (07/10—Afternoon): The suspects entered the store, while it was open for business, walked to a display table and placed several articles of clothing into their purses. The suspects quickly exited the store.
17900 block of San Gabriel Avenue (07/10—Morning): The suspect(s) entered the victim's unlocked vehicle and stole a purse and cellphone.

Vehicle Burglary:

19700 block of Lusk Avenue (07/05-06—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered a 2016 Honda Accord parked at the residence and stole a pair of eyeglasses and sunglasses. It is unknown how entry was made.
11100 block of Gonsalvez Street (07/05-06—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered a 2000 Honda Accord parked on the street in front of the residence by prying open a window. Stolen was a jacket.
16500 block of Marquardt Avenue (07/05-06—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered a 2009 Interstate Victory trailer in the parking lot by cutting the padlock off the rear door. Stolen was a battery charger.
12700 block of Center Court Drive (07/06-07—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe in the parking lot by breaking the door lock. Stolen was the third row seat and sunglasses.
11400 block of South Street (07/07—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2009 Hyundai Sonata parked at the residence by shattering a window. Nothing appeared to be stolen.
10900 block of Alondra Boulevard (07/08—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 1997 Chevrolet Express in the parking lot by breaking the door lock. Stolen were tools.
16900 block of Judy Way (07/08-10—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered a 1995 Volkswagen Eurovan parked at the residence and stole a backpack and a speaker. It is unknown how entry was made.
12500 block of Peppercreek Lane (07/09-10—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered a 2009 Audi A4 parked at the residence and stole an electronic device. It is unknown how entry was made.
239 Los Cerritos Center (07/10—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a Chevrolet Tahoe in the parking lot by punching the door lock. Stolen was the third row seat, tools, and a GPS device.

Grand Theft Auto:

13400 block of Naoma Lane (07/03-06—Unknown): The suspect(s) stole a 1989 Nissan Pathfinder from the driveway of the residence.
239 Los Cerritos Center (07/06—Evening): The suspect(s) stole a 1997 Honda Accord from the store parking lot.
16300 block of Piuma Avenue (07/07-08—Unknown): The suspect(s) stole a 2001 Ford E350 from the business parking lot.
11200 block of 183rd Street (07/08—Early Morning): The suspect(s) attempted to steal a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche from the restaurant parking lot.
18100 block of Bloomfield Avenue (07/08—Morning): The suspect(s) attempted to steal a 2003 Chevrolet Venture parked at the bus stop.
13300 block of Artesia Boulevard (07/09—Evening): The suspect(s) stole a 2007 Chevrolet Impala from the store parking lot.
16700 block of Yvette Way (07/10-11—Overnight): The suspect(s) stole a 1991 Honda Civic parked at the residence.

Simple Prevention Tips

The first thing you can is do is to remember to not leave valuables in your car, particularly not in plain sight! The last thing you need is to find your vehicle's window broken or items missing. We suggest taking these simple, but important steps to maintain your car's safety: 

Do not leave valuables in your car. That sounds like "common sense" but drivers/passengers do leave items of value in plain view every day. If you leave valuable items visible in your car, your car automatically becomes a target. If you must leave valuable items in your car while out and about, place items out of sight before reaching your destination or move them inconspicuously. This includes packages, backpacks, gym bags, GPS units, MP3 players, and so forth. Someone may be watching when you put items under a seat or throw something over them. An opportunistic thief is on the lookout for trunk-packing and can break into your car the minute you are out of sight. If you cannot take them with you, at least lock the items in your glove compartment (if capable of locking and large enough) or your trunk (if you have one). 

One reason SUVs and pickups are common auto-burglary targets is because they do not have a "trunk" to hold valuables, the driver/passenger generally just "hides" their valuables "out of sight." The thieves know this and do check glove compartments, behind seats, and under seats. It only takes a few seconds to check all the "usual" hiding places. 

Unobtrusively locking everything valuable "in the trunk" (if you have one) may be difficult when you are combining errands at multiple destinations. Certainly avoid leaving packages or shopping bags visible in your car, lock them in the trunk out of sight if you have to leave packages in your car unattended. Plan your shopping/errands so that you do not load your trunk until you are ready to drive to another destination. Never open a trunk, fill it full of valuables, close it, and then just walk away. 
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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Criminals are deterred by informed, vigilant, and involved citizens. Remember: see something, say something.

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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