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Cerritos Sheriff's Station Weekly
Crime Summary

Updated July 15, 2015

June 29 – July 5, 2015

There were 32 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past reporting period, a decrease of two from the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: two aggravated assaults; five residential burglaries; three commercial/other structure burglaries; ten vehicle burglaries; seven vehicle thefts; and five grand thefts. Cerritos Station deputies made one felony arrest, 17 misdemeanor arrests, seven warrant arrests, and issued 88 citations. The Sheriff’s dispatch center also received a total of 152 calls, a decrease from the 2015 weekly average of 249.

Aggravated Assault:

13500 block of Elgers St (07/04 — Daytime): The victim was sitting in a vehicle with his friend having a conversation when the suspect ran over to him, started yelling, and accused the victim of being a racist. The suspect then attempted to stab the victim with a knife and ended up causing minor lacerations to the victim’s hand. The suspect fled the location in an awaiting vehicle.
12200 block of 183rd St (07/05 — Daytime): The victims were sitting on the couch when the suspect entered the location and engaged them in an argument. The argument led to a fight between the suspect and victims. The suspect stopped attacking the victims when additional people entered the home. The victims called 911 and the suspect was subsequently arrested.

Residential Burglary:

12100 block of Candor Dr (06/30 — Daytime): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering a window in the rear yard. The suspect(s) stole electronic devices from the home.
13400 block of Andy St (07/01 — Daytime): The suspect(s) entered the home by prying open a window in the rear yard. An electronic device was stolen from the home.
13600 block of Edgefield St (06/29-30 — nighttime): The suspect(s) entered a home that was under construction by shattering a window. The suspects stole several tools and construction equipment.
12300 block of Carnaby St (07/02 — Daytime): The suspect(s) entered the home via an unlocked door and stole an electronic device.
16800 block of Coral Reef Cir (07/02-03 — Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the attached garage of the home and stole a bicycle. The suspect(s) gained entry into the garage by first breaking into a vehicle that was parked in the driveway and then using the garage door opener to open the garage door. No entry was made into the home.

 

Commercial/Other Structure Burglary:

19100 block of Bloomfield Ave (07/01 — Morning): The suspect(s) entered the location by prying open a rear door. The suspect(s) stole miscellaneous US currency from the location.
13500 block of Village Dr (07/02-03 — Overnight): The suspect(s) entered the storage unit by prying open the lock on the door. The suspect(s) stole various tools from the storage unit.
16000 block of Piuma Ave (07/01 — Morning): The suspect(s) entered the storage unit by cutting off the lock. It is currently unknown what was stolen from the unit.

Grand Theft:

500 Los Cerritos Center (07/02): The suspect entered the location, while it was open for business and exited the location with several articles of clothing without paying for them. The suspect was stopped by loss prevention and subsequently arrested.
17600 block of La Bonita Ave (07/03-04): The suspect(s) stole an electronic device and US currency from an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway of the location.
100 Los Cerritos Center (06/28): The suspect(s) stole a catalytic converter from an SUV parked at the location.
10800 block of Artesia Blvd (06/26-29): The suspect(s) stole a backflow copper pipe from the location.
12700 block of Center Court Dr (06/20-28): The suspect(s) stole a bag containing clothing and US currency from the location. The victims accidentally left the bag at the location upon departure.

Vehicle Burglary:

13100 block of Moore St (07/03-04): The suspect(s) entered a 2000 Acura Integra by shattering one of the windows. The suspect(s) stole an electronic device left inside.
13100 block of Moore St (07/04): The suspect(s) entered a 2002 Ford F150 and a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe by shattering a window on each vehicle. The suspect(s) stole a vehicle registration, an electronic device, and a garage door opener.
13100 block of Moore St (07/04): The suspect(s) entered a 1999 Dodge Durango by shattering one of the windows. Suspect(s) stole sports equipment and a bible.
13400 block of Felson St (07/02): The suspect(s) entered a 2007 Mercedes S550 and stole a wallet left inside the trunk. It is unknown how entry into the vehicle was made.
19200 block of Segal St (06/28-29): The suspect(s) entered a 1997 Mercedes E420 by shattering a window. Nothing was found to be stolen from the vehicle.
12900 block of Park Plaza Dr (07/04): The suspect(s) entered a 2010 Kia Forte and stole an electronic device and a driver’s license. It is unknown how entry into the vehicle was made.
12300 block of Charlwood St (06/28-29): The suspect(s) entered a 2014 Toyota RAV4 by shattering one of the windows. Suspect(s) stole US currency and an electronic device.
16500 block of Pinegrove St (07/05): The suspect(s) entered a 2002 Honda Civic and stole the vehicle registration, a garage door opener, and various miscellaneous items left inside. It is unknown how entry into the vehicle was made.
10700 block of Artesia Blvd (07/05): The suspect(s) entered a 2014 Honda Civic by shattering one of the windows. A purse was stolen.
12200 block of Del Amo Blvd (06/30-07/01): The suspect(s) entered a 2001 Lexus RX300 by shattering one of the windows. The suspect(s) stole sports equipment and a bag.
12700 block of Town Center Dr (Attempt, 07/02): The suspect(s) attempted to enter a 2001 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The door lock on one of the doors was found punched, but entry was not made into the vehicle.

Grand Theft Auto:

15900 block of Distribution Way (07/02): The suspect(s) stole a 1994 Honda Accord parked on the street. The vehicle has not been recovered.
12700 block of Towne Center Dr (06/30): The suspect(s) stole a 1995 Honda Accord from the parking lot. The vehicle has not been recovered.
18000 block of Harvest Ave (07/05): The suspect(s) stole a 2000 Honda Civic parked in the driveway. The vehicle has not been recovered.
16600 block of Norwalk Blvd (07/01): The suspect(s) stole a 1998 Honda Civic from the parking lot. The vehicle has not been recovered.
18900 block of San Gabriel Ave (07/04-05): The suspect(s) stole a 2007 Chrysler 300C parked in the driveway. The vehicle was recovered in Cerritos.
16800 block of Edwards Rd (Attempt, 07/02): The suspect(s) attempted to steal a 1998 Honda Civic from the parking lot. The vehicle sustained damage consistent with an attempted vehicle theft.
11500 block of South St (06/29-30): The suspect(s) stole a 2000 Aztex Utility Trailer from the parking lot. The vehicle has not been recovered.

 

Simple Prevention Tips

Property crime is increasing throughout Southern California. There has been a total of 16,033 reported instances of larceny theft (stealing) throughout the Sheriff’s jurisdictional area year-to-date. That number represents a 7.1 percent increase when compared against the same for last year. The Cerritos Station area has seen a 21.5 percent increase in overall Part 1 property crimes. This upward trend is reflective of the entire region. By comparison Part 1 property crime is up 15.4 percent in the Lakewood Station area and 8.2 percent in the Walnut Station area. The best defense against thieves is Alertness and Vigilance.

Harden-the-Target: This week six residences were burglarized. Four of the six burglaries occurred during the daytime. In most cases the suspect(s) shattered a window in the rear yard or pried open a door. Burglars seek to avoid observation or confrontation so they are always on the lookout for unoccupied or unprotected homes. The best way to avoid becoming a burglary victim is to Harden-the-Target. Make your home less attractive to burglars by keeping the bushes around your windows trimmed low for visibility, install and use a burglar alarm, form or join a neighborhood watch program, and consider leaving a radio turned up fairly loud in a bedroom or in your garage to make a burglar think someone is home.

This week a crafty thief broke into a homeowner’s parked car, which was parked on the driveway, and used the garage door opener to gain entry into the residential garage. This event serves as a reminder to us all; don’t leave a key to your house (in the form of a garage door opener) out in public view and secured only by automobile glass. There have been several reports of thieves deliberately stealing garage door openers out of cars. If this happens to you, unplug your garage door opener until you have time to change the remote control/garage door code (refer to your owner’s manual for coding instructions).

Please, Not My Car: Automobile theft and theft from automobiles are on the rise throughout Southern California. There have been 5,434 automobiles stolen in the Sheriff’s jurisdiction year-to-date. That number represents a 16.68 percent increase. Cerritos Station has seen a 5.9 percent increase in automobile thefts in the City (87 stolen vehicles). Lakewood Station has seen a 23.6 percent increase in stolen vehicles (682 stolen vehicles). If thieves don’t steal your car, they often try and steal the valuables from your car. Thefts from locked vehicles constitute a burglary; vehicle burglaries in the City have increased by 66.34 percent year-to-date (168 reported incidents) from the same period last year. This week 11 vehicles were burglarized. Seven of the vehicles had their windows shattered. Most of the vehicles contained visible and portable items of value such as purses, a wallet, sports gear, electronic devices, US currency, and a driver’s license. Avoid the expense and hassle of replacing broken windows and property by keeping items of value secured in the trunk or out of view. Remember — Hide it, Secure it, or Loose it. Automobile glass keeps out weather, not criminals.

Stay alert and vigilant. If you see suspicious person(s) or activity in your neighborhood or business, call Cerritos Sheriff’s Station at (562) 860-0044 or 911 if it is an emergency. Remember, it’s a good idea to keep the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station phone number stored in your cellular 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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