Cerritos Sheriff’s Station Weekly
Updated October 16, 2014
October 6–12, 2014
There were 14 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past week, a decrease of eight from the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: one robbery; three residential burglaries; two commercial/other burglaries; one vehicle burglary; four grand thefts (one was a shoplift); and three auto thefts. Deputies made 12 felony arrests, ten misdemeanor arrests, three warrant arrests, and issued 143 traffic citations. The Sheriff's dispatch center also received a total of 286 calls for service, an increase over this year's weekly average of 265.
11400 block South St (10/9): A woman advertised an Apple iPhone on Craigslist and was contacted by a prospective buyer. They met at the Starbucks in the outside patio area at about 7:30 p.m. The suspect removed the new phone from its box, inspected it, and then ran off to a waiting car.
19400 block Segal Ave (10/9): The Cerritos Sheriff's burglary suppression team was in the area and observed a suspicious person sitting in a parked car. Upon questioning the person the deputies determined that a burglary was in progress at a nearby home. Responding deputies arrested two additional suspects who were fleeing the location. The investigation revealed that the two suspects pried open the front door and ransacked the bedrooms.
17600 block Cortner Ave (10/12): Suspect kicked in the front door and stole jewelry and cash from a bedroom.
13000 block La Jara St (10/12): Suspect pried a rear door and stole cash and a purse from a family room.
18000 Valley View Ave (10/4-6): Suspect cut the locks from storage containers in the parking lot of a business and stole equipment used in the manufacture of conveyer belt systems.
12700 block Towne Center Dr (10/8): Suspect arrested for attempting to open a fraudulent bank account.
16800 block Windward Ave (10/8): Backpack stolen from vehicle but no evidence of forced entry.
166th St & Gridley Rd (10/6-7): Large industrial compressor stolen from construction site.
19600 Nicholas Ave (3/09-3/14): Woman reported $12,000 in jewelry missing from deceased mother's home.
342 Los Cerritos Center (10/8): While shopping at Victoria's Secret the victim set his laptop down on a counter. Upon arriving home he remembered the laptop and when he returned it was missing and no employee had seen it.
12800 Towne Center Dr (10/6): Department store employee arrested for stealing jewelry.
Grand Theft Auto
12500 block Sandycreek Ln (10/7): Nissan Altima stolen from residence and recovered 10/10 in San Bernardino.
19500 block Rainbow Ct (10/8-9): '98 Honda Accord stolen from residence and recovered 10/9 in Norwalk.
11200 block 183rd St (10/11): '97 Honda Accord stolen from parking lot and recovered 10/12 in Century area.
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.
A Craigslist Safety Tip
Last week's robbery involving an iPhone advertised on Craigslist provides a good lesson on how to lower your crime risk if you are selling expensive items online. Many people are cautious enough to engage in such transactions in public places, but as the robbery at the Starbucks shows, even in a place with lots of people there is no guarantee that a thief will not strike. Cerritos residents selling expensive items in this fashion are encouraged to use the Sheriff's Station lobby. If you are meeting someone you have never met before and selling something expensive, consider making the transaction at a law enforcement facility just to be safe.
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.