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Cerritos Sheriff’s Station Weekly
Crime Summary

Updated July 17, 2014

July 7–July 13, 2014

Crime in Cerritos increased slightly this past week with 16 Part I felony crimes reported to the Cerritos Sheriff's Station, an increase of four over the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: no robberies (three weeks in a row); one sexual assault; four residential burglaries; one grand theft; six vehicle burglaries (one was an attempt); three auto thefts; and one attempt auto theft. Deputies made four felony arrests, four misdemeanor arrests, two warrant arrests, and issued 139 traffic citations. The Sheriff's dispatch center also received 281 calls for service, an increase over this year's weekly average of 267 calls.

Aggravated Assault:

A 21-year-old woman reported that her boyfriend had sexually assaulted her at her Cerritos residence last April. The case is being investigated by the Sheriff's Special Victims Unit.

Residential Burglary:

18300 Santana Ave. (7/9): A resident came out of her master bedroom shower about 9:15 a.m. and was confronted by a burglar. The suspect immediately grabbed the victim's purse from a dresser and ran from the residence. No point of entry was located indicating that the front door was possibly unlocked.
13000 Acoro St. (7/10): Homeowner found a shattered rear sliding door, home ransacked, $4,500 in jewelry missing.
13300 block Durango Pl. (7/12): Two suspects entered residence being fumigated but no property missing.
13000 Caravel St. (7/12-13): Suspect entered through bathroom window, ransacked the home, and stole a large floor safe from the master bedroom, a handgun, and a computer.

Vehicle Burglary

18900 block Vickie Ave. (7/7-9): Driver door punched on '03 Yukon and stereo stolen.
Los Cerritos Center (7/8): A dash speaker and an EZ-up canopy stolen from '96 Blazer.
13300 block Droxford St. (7/8-9): Passenger window of Toyota pickup shattered, backpack and iPod stolen.
18400 block Betty Way (7/9): Purse stolen from Honda Accord, unknown method of entry determined.
13100 block Alondra Blvd. (7/10-11): Suspect pried a tool box of a Ford utility truck and stole a generator.
19000 block Teresa Way (7/12): At about 2 a.m. victim observed a male suspect attempting to open the door of her '02 Lexus. The victim yelled at the suspect and he ran off without entering the vehicle.

Grand Theft:

12300 block Cantrece Pl. (7/9): 72-year-old victim was backing out of his driveway at about 11:30 a.m. when he was flagged down by a man who claimed he was holding a large amount of money he had collected to donate to Holy Family Church in Artesia. Claiming he had been dropped off by a taxi driver and did not know where the church was located, he asked for a ride to the church. The suspect showed the victim the money and in a classic pigeon-drop fraud, once the victim and suspect met another suspect at the church he was persuaded to put up $8,000 in cash as "good faith" to show he could be trusted. At some point the two suspects persuaded the victim to leave them alone with the cash and retrieve additional money from his residence, and when the victim returned the suspects were long gone.

Grand Theft Vehicle:

12200 block Del Amo Blvd. (7/7-8): A 2000 Honda Civic stolen from commercial parking lot.
12800 block Center Court Dr. (7/11): A 2012 Chevy Tahoe stolen from commercial parking lot.
12800 block Towne Center Dr. (7/11): A '92 Honda Accord stolen from commercial parking lot.
18900 block Vickie Ave. (7/8): Suspect punched the lock and broke the steering column but was unable to steal
a '01 GMC pickup from an apartment complex.

The City's safety website, www.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

Community Safety Committee Meeting

The Cerritos Community Safety Division and our Sheriff's Department deputies will be coordinating the National Night Out event at Heritage Park on Thursday, August 7. The event will commence at 7 p.m. and feature a live concert.

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.

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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