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Cerritos Sheriff's Station Weekly
Crime Summary

Updated May 22, 2015

May 11 – 17, 2015

There were 27 Part 1 felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past reporting period, an increase of seven from the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: one robbery; one aggravated assault; seven residential burglaries; two commercial/other structure burglaries; ten vehicle burglaries; three vehicle thefts; and three grand thefts. Cerritos Station deputies made four felony arrests, 17 misdemeanor arrests, five warrant arrests, and issued 144 citations. The Sheriff’s dispatch center also received a total of 291 calls, an increase from the 2015 weekly average of 249.

Robbery:

13200 block of South St (05/15—Early Morning): The victim drove up to the ATM and was attempting to complete a transaction when the suspect walked up to the driver’s side door, pulled out a handgun, and pointed it at the victim. The suspect forced the victim to withdraw money from the ATM and then fled on foot.

Aggravated Assault:

19700 block of Bloomfield Ave (05/13—Evening): An altercation occurred when an unknown suspect approached the victim and asked, “Where are you from?”  Before the victim could respond, the suspect punched the victim several times in the face before fleeing on foot. The victim was treated at a local hospital and released. The suspect is still outstanding.

Residential Burglary:

16800 block of Windward Ave (05/13—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the attached garage through an open door. The suspect(s) stole bicycles, lawn equipment and electronics. Entry was not made into the home.
13000 block of Point Arena Pl (05/16—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the attached garage through an open door. The suspect(s) stole electronics from the garage. Entry was not made into the home.
11300 block of Sharon St (05/14—Day): The suspect(s) entered the attached garage through an open door and stole several tools. Entry was not made into the home.
13400 block of La Jara St (05/05—Day): The suspect(s) entered the attached garage through an open door. The suspect(s) stole several pieces of luggage containing valuables and clothing. Entry was not made into the home.
12100 block of Eastman St (05/14—Day): The suspect(s) entered the home through a rear sliding door which had been left unlocked. The suspect(s) stole an expensive purse and electronics.
17900 block of Vierra Ave (Attempt, 05/14—Day): The suspects approached the residence and knocked on the door several times. The homeowner did not answer the door, but rather called Cerritos Sheriff’s Station. The suspects did not make entry into the home. It is believed that the suspects saw the surveillance cameras mounted on the exterior of the home and were scared off. All three suspects were located in the neighborhood by responding deputies and arrested for unrelated charges.
19600 block of Georgina Cir (Attempt, 05/11—Day): The suspect(s) attempted to gain entry by prying the rear sliding glass door. They were unable to make entry.

 

Commercial/Other Structure Burglary:

11400 block of South St (05/16): The suspect(s) entered the location by prying open the entrance doors. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
13300 block of South St (05/12): The suspect(s) entered the location during regular business hours and attempted to cash a forged check. A bank teller recognized the forgery and immediately notified Cerritos Sheriff’s Station. The suspect was arrested by responding deputies.

Grand Theft:

242 Los Cerritos Center (05/10): The suspect entered the location during normal business hours, grabbed two cell phones from the display counter, and ran out.
16800 block of Yvette Way (05/15): The suspect stole several electronic items that had been left inside of several unlocked rooms/offices.
17100 block of Cortner Ave (04/11-05/11): The suspect(s) stole valuables from the location.

Vehicle Burglary:

12600 block of Park Plaza Dr (05/14-15): The suspect(s) entered a 2013 Ford E150 and a 2009 Ford Express van by punching in the door lock key holes. Work equipment and supplies were stolen from each vehicle.
18800 block of Carmenita Rd (05/15): The suspect(s) entered a 2000 Honda Civic and stole work equipment and a gym bag. It is unknown how entry was made into the vehicle.
19900 block of Horst Ave (05/13-14): The suspect(s) entered a 1999 Honda Accord by shattering one of the windows. Stolen from the vehicle was loose change.
11300 block of South St (05/15): The suspect(s) entered a 1993 Jeep Cherokee by shattering one of the windows of the vehicle. The suspect(s) stole a backpack.
19300 block of Kay Ave (05/11-12): The suspect(s) entered a 2000 Toyota Corolla by shattering one of the windows of the vehicle. The suspect(s) stole a backpack.
11300 block of 183rd St (05/15): The suspect entered a 2004 BMW 325I by shattering one of the windows of the vehicle. Stolen from the vehicle was a bicycle tire.
13100 block of Andy St (05/14): The suspect(s) entered a 1996 Honda Civic by shattering one of the windows of the vehicle. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
10800 block of Alondra Blvd (05/15): The suspect(s) entered a 2011 Dodge Charger by shattering one of the windows of the vehicle. Stolen from the vehicle was a purse.
18600 block of Bloomfield Ave (05/11): The suspect(s) entered a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am by shattering one of the windows of the vehicle. The suspect(s) stole several backpacks left inside.
11700 block of Christy St (Attempt, 05/15): The suspect attempted to enter the victim’s truck.

Grand Theft Auto:

360 Los Cerritos Center (05/12): The suspect(s) stole a 2013 Kia Sorento from the parking lot of the location.
17300 block of Cortner Ave (05/16): The suspect(s) stole a 1963 Chevrolet Impala from the driveway of the location.
19700 block of Bloomfield Ave (05/11): The suspect(s) stole a 2014 Kia Optima from the parking lot of the location.
10900 block of Auto Square Dr (05/04): The suspect stole a 2015 Ford Mustang from the location.

 

Crime Prevention Information

Criminals are drawn to environmental conditions that enhance their ability to successfully commit a crime. Using a remote, isolated or poorly lit ATM machine during the hours of darkness while alone provides an unnecessary opportunity for a criminal. When using an ATM, avoid selecting a machine on the corner of a building. Corners create blind spots and allow someone to sneak up on you unnoticed. Select ATM’s with well-lighted conditions and visible surveillance. Also consider utilizing an ATM that is void of barriers such as brick walls and shrubbery prior to sunset.

Regardless of the time or day of the week, always protect your home and property by keeping unattended doors and windows closed and locked. Open doors and windows of an unoccupied home creates a quick and easy opportunity for criminals to steal. Avoid having a criminal damage your car and steal your valuables by removing or concealing your purse, electronics, shopping bags and any other items of value from the interior of your vehicle. Anytime you leave something out in the open, you are inviting a criminal to quickly steal it. Remember, out of sight, out of mind.

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’s a good idea to keep the Sheriff’s Station phone number stored in your cell phone for quick reference.

Visit safercerritos.com

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. Remember, 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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