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Cerritos Sheriff’s Station Weekly
Crime Summary

Updated April 10, 2014

March 31–April 6, 2014

There were 17 Part I felony crimes reported this past week, one less than the previous reporting period. Also mirroring the previous week, there were no reported robberies (very good news). The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: no robberies; three residential burglaries; two commercial/other burglaries; five vehicle burglaries; five grand thefts; and two stolen vehicles. Deputies made 14 felony arrests, 9 misdemeanor arrests, one warrant arrest, and issued 116 traffic citations. The Sheriff's dispatch center also received 289 calls for service, down from the 324 received the previous week.

On Sunday afternoon two leg braces were stolen from a residence in the 19100 block of Jacob Avenue. It could not be determined how the suspect entered the home. On Tuesday between about 11 to 11:30 a.m. a suspect entered an unlocked rear door of a residence in the 17500 block of Mapes Avenue and stole a ring. A gray Hyundai was seen in the neighborhood and may possibly be connected to this burglary. Also on Tuesday a suspect entered an unlocked rear sliding door in the 17600 block of Alora Avenue sometime during daytime hours and stole a small amount of cash. It's rare when cops patrolling in black and whites observe these types of crimes in progress, but alert residents often do, so remember, "If You See Something, Say Something."

The commercial/other burglaries involved losses from storage sheds. On Monday a lock was cut to remove four bags of recyclable items at a residence in the 18600 block of Del Rio Place. On an unknown date last week a suspect cut a lock at a unit in the commercial storage facility in the 16500 block of Valley View Avenue and stole a guitar and keyboard.

Of the five vehicle burglaries reported last week, only one occurred in a residential area. In the afternoon last Thursday a passenger window on a Hyundai was shattered in the 13400 block of Village Drive and a bag with a calculator, books, and earphones was stolen. There were no details available at this time, but another vehicle burglary was reported last Wednesday at Regional Park. During the early evening last Thursday two vehicle burglaries were reported at the school in the 12300 block of Del Amo Boulevard. The passenger window of a Nissan Altima was shattered and an iPOD was stolen. Also at the same location a rear passenger window of a Jeep Grand Cherokee was shattered and a purse with a large amount of cash was stolen. Finally, on Sunday afternoon a rear window was shattered on a Toyota Rav 4 and a purse with a large amount of cash was stolen. Remember the mantra, "Lock It, Hide It, Keep It."

Of the five grand thefts reported last week, two involved the theft of catalytic converters and two were stolen cell phones. On Monday afternoon someone stole a purse, backpack, and cash from a cabinet in a business in the 13300 block of South Street. Overnight last Thursday or early Friday catalytic converters were stolen from two Toyota Sequoias, one in the 11000 block of Bermuda Avenue and the other in the 16300 block of Estella Avenue. On Friday afternoon two juveniles had their cell phones stolen near 183rd Street and Gridley Road. A male suspect in his 20s grabbed the phones and fled on foot.

Finally, two vehicles were reported stolen last week. Sometime overnight Tuesday into Wednesday a Nissan Frontier was stolen from the 16600 block of Judy Way. On Thursday between 4 and 5 p.m. an older Honda Civic was taken from the Los Cerritos Center. The Honda was recovered intact the next day in Long Beach.

Cerritos residents, business owners, and their employees are encouraged to join the Cerritos Virtual Block Club (CVBC). If you are interested in helping our Sheriff's Department prevent and reduce crime, and enhancing your own personal and neighborhood safety, join the CVBC on-line at our website devoted to public safety in the City of Cerritos. We encourage you to share the information with your family, friends, and co-workers.

Go to safercerritos.com for an extensive library of crime prevention tips, disaster preparedness information and a variety of links to other pertinent sites.

Opportunities

Crime Prevention Town Hall Meeting

Crime Prevention Town Hall Meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. on April 23, 2014 at the Cerritos Senior Center. Sheriff's command staff will present an update on current crime trends and events.

Volunteers on Patrol Wanted

The Cerritos Sheriff’s Station is seeking Volunteers on Patrol (VOPs). Patrolling the City in distinctly marked vehicles, VOPs assist with crime suppression, traffic control, vacation checks, special events and park security checks. 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.

If you are interested in helping Cerritos maintain its reputation as a safe place to live and work, the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station encourages you to apply to be a VOP. For more information, contact the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station at (562) 860-0044, or visit 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. There are also numerous websites on the Internet that contain information about neighborhood watch programs around the country. All of our block captains and anyone interested in becoming a block captain are encouraged to visit downtownlongbeach.org/community-watch. This excellent website has in-depth information about how to start and operate a neighborhood watch program.

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