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Cerritos Sheriff’s Station Weekly
Crime Summary

Updated November 20, 2014

November 10– 16, 2014

There were 20 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past week, the same as the previous reporting period. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: two robberies; one aggravated assault; four residential burglaries; one commercial/other burglary; four grand thefts; three vehicle burglaries; and five auto thefts. Deputies made nine felony arrests, five misdemeanor arrests, and issued 116 traffic citations. The Sheriff's dispatch center also received a total of 279 calls for service, slightly more than this year's weekly average of 265 calls.

Robbery:

18600 block Studebaker Rd (11/11): Victim told deputies that two friends tried to carjack his car after he had retrieved it from a dealer's repair facility.
10900 block Alondra Blvd: (11/12): Two suspects were observed leaving a store with tools. A fight ensued when detained by loss prevention officers. One suspect managed to escape; one was arrested by responding deputies.

Aggravated Assault:

Studebaker Rd & 195th St (11/10): Male victim claimed female acquaintance stabbed him in the shoulder with a pocket knife. The victim refused to identify the suspect or the exact location where the crime occurred.

Residential Burglary:

19600 block Miguel Ave (11/7-10): A wallet and two passports were stolen from a purse left on a kitchen table while the home was being fumigated.
18800 block Jeffrey Ave (11/13): Three suspects from Los Angeles arrested attempting to break into home. Deputies made the arrests after responding to a call from an alert neighbor who observed the suspects knocking on the door.
11900 block Candor St (11/15): Tools stolen from a garage where door left open all night.
17800 block Vierra Ave (11/13-14): Suspect shattered a rear kitchen window, ransacked upstairs bedrooms, and stole diamond bracelet and Gucci watch. The residence had a burglar alarm that was not activated.

Commercial/Other Burglary:

10900 block South St (11/8): A suspect entered a dentist's office through an unlocked sliding door and stole cash and hypodermic needles.

Vehicle Burglary:

18600 block Bloomfield Ave (11/14, 10-11:20 a.m.): Suspect shattered window of '12 Kia Sorrento parked at Heritage Park and stole a purse containing $800.
11100 block 183rd St (11/14, 5:15-6:30 p.m.): Suspect punched door lock and stole a Nintendo game from a Chevy Suburban parked in a restaurant parking lot.
17700 block Dumont Ave (11/15): Window shattered on '08 Ford pickup and two wallets and an iPad stolen. The wallets were in a closed center console and the iPad was wedged between the front seat and the console.

Grand Theft:

16800 block Gridley Rd (11/7-10): A suspect stole a copper water regulator valued at $1,000 that was housed inside of a wire cage by the side of a building.
13100 block Alondra Blvd (11/9-10): Seven ladders stolen from trucks parked behind a business.
300 Los Cerritos Center (11/10): Loss prevention officers were sprayed with mace while trying to detain a shoplift suspect. The suspect escaped to a waiting vehicle.
12600 block Towne Center Dr (11/11): Two victims had purchased new iPhones and were waiting for the sales receipt when the suspect grabbed them from the counter and fled to a waiting vehicle.

Grand Theft Auto

12700 block Droxford St (11/10): A '99 Chevy pickup stolen from residential driveway.
18600 block Del Rio Pl (11/10-11): A '12 Ford pickup stolen from residential area.
239 Los Cerritos Center (11/11): A Caterpillar forklift stolen from west side of the mall.
12800 block Towne Center Dr (11/15): A '12 Nissan Altima stolen from commercial parking lot.
12700 block Center Court Dr (11/13): The owner of a '08 Cadillac Escalade was working nearby when he heard his car alarm going off. He ran to his car and observed a suspect run to a nearby vehicle and flee with a second suspect. The victim discovered his door lock punched and that the suspect had removed part of the vehicle's steering column.

This Week's Burglary Prevention Lesson

The burglaries that occurred on Jeffrey Avenue and Vierra Avenue this past week reinforce the constant messages we try to get out about preventing residential burglaries in Cerritos. On Jeffrey Avenue an alert resident saw suspicious people on his neighbor's property and took immediate action by calling the Sheriff's Station (remember, See Something, Say Something). Three burglars went to jail and untold burglaries will be prevented in the future. The second burglary, the one on Vierra Avenue, also contains an important message. This home had an alarm system, but the resident stated that she doesn't turn it on every day (it wasn't on when the burglar entered her home). Very few homes in Cerritos with a burglar alarm are targeted by burglars. Experience has shown that when a home with an alarm is targeted, the alarm usually scares off the burglar. The rare time a home with an alarm is penetrated the burglar leaves quickly and the home is not ransacked. Regardless of your work or travel schedule, having your home protected by a monitored burglar alarm is worth considering.

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.

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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