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Cerritos Sheriff’s Station Weekly
Crime Summary

Updated September 18, 2014

September 8–14, 2014

There were 28 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past week, an increase of three over the previous week and the highest weekly total for the past several months. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: one robbery; one aggravated assault; ten residential burglaries (the second week in a row with a considerable spike over 2014's weekly average of 3.5); one commercial/other burglary; four vehicle burglaries; three grand thefts; and eight auto thefts. Deputies made one felony arrest, nine misdemeanor arrests, four warrant arrests, and issued 67 traffic citations. The Sheriff's dispatch center also received a total of 314 calls for service, which is considerably more than this year's weekly average of 266.

Robbery:

Los Cerritos Center Apple Store (9/9): Suspect entered store with a bag in which he placed several pairs of headphones. Outside of the store the suspect struck a loss prevention officer and ran into the parking lot.

Aggravated Assault:

Carmenita Rd & Droxford St (9/12): Female victim was riding in a car with several friends when the vehicle had a flat tire. During the process of changing the tire the victim became engaged in a verbal argument with a male acquaintance which resulted in the suspect striking the victim on the side of her head causing moderate injuries.

Residential Burglary:

12300 block 185th St (9/10): Screen removed from rear window and Kindle reader stolen from living room table.
13900 block Ashworth St (9/10): Suspect entered possibly unlocked bedroom window, ransacked residence and stole a laptop and an iPad.
13500 block Rose St (9/12): Resident returned home and observed three suspects in her rear yard. The suspects fled and the victim observed the home ransacked. Suspects entered through unlocked rear window, loss unknown.
12300 block Droxford Pl (9/5-11): Bicycle stolen from unlocked garage.
18700 block Palo Verde Ave (9/11-13): Suspect entered unlocked condo being fumigated and stole an X-Box.
18700 block Palo Verde Ave (9/11-13): Suspect entered unlocked condo being fumigated and stole laptop computer.
18700 block Palo Verde Ave (9/11-13): Suspect entered unlocked condo being fumigated and stole jewelry.
17700 block De Oro Pl (8/31-9/14): Victim returned home after several months away and observed residence ransacked. A door was found unlocked but no signs of forced entry. Loss is unknown.
13100 block Destino Pl (9/13-14): Master bedroom window pried open and $1,000 in jewelry and cash stolen.
17300 block Betty Pl (7/10-9/10): Rear window broken and residence ransacked, loss unknown.

Commercial/Other Burglary:

13400 block Alondra Blvd (9/13-14): Fast food restaurant window was shattered but nothing appeared stolen.

Vehicle Burglary:

Los Cerritos Center (9/8): Rear window shattered and bag stolen from '07 Acura.
10800 block Alondra Blvd (9/9): Door lock punched on '04 Tahoe and wallet stolen.
10800 block Alondra Blvd (9/10): Door lock pried on '07 Yukon and wallet stolen.
19600 block Jacob Ave (9/11): Window shattered on '03 Focus and purse stolen.

Grand Theft:

10800 block Artesia Blvd (9/11-12): 12 batteries stolen from buses parked at Valley Christian High School.
11000 block South St (9/13): 15 rolls of lottery scratchers stolen from gas station display.
19200 block Demeter Ave (8/25-9/13): Two suspects hired to install wood flooring at a residence were arrested for stealing jewelry valued at $13,000 from the residence.

Grand Theft Auto

11700 block Buford St (9/7-8): '96 Accord stolen from victim's driveway, recovered 9/16 in Pico Rivera.
17800 block Harvest Ave (9/9): '06 GMC pickup stolen from victim's driveway, recovered 9/13 in Gardena.
18800 block Danielle Ave (8/14): '74 Yamaha motorcycle stolen from front of victim's residence.
18900 block Studebaker Rd (9/11): Suspect seen on surveillance video walking into Ford dealership service area, looks into several parked vehicles, and steals a '13 Ford Expedition that had its key in the ignition.
18700 block Studebaker Rd (9/13): A 2011 Nissan Versa awaiting service with key in ignition stolen from lot.
11300 block South St (9/13): '08 Suburban stolen from business parking lot and recovered in Compton on 9/14.
12700 block Towne Center Dr (9/14): '02 Jeep Wrangler stolen from restaurant parking lot.
18700 block Gridley Rd (9/9-11): Truck stolen from parking lot and recovered in Long Beach on 9/16.

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.

Beware of the "Knock-Knock" Burglars

We had another incident of “Knock-Knock” burglars targeting a Cerritos neighborhood today (9/17) at about 11:45 p.m. Two residents heard a knock at their front door. For whatever reason they chose not to answer and moments later heard someone trying to break a window at the side of the residence. The victims also saw a second suspect at another window. When the suspects detected someone inside they ran, but our victims quickly called the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station. Fortunately, members of the Cerritos Sheriff’s Burglary Suppression Team were nearby and immediately responded. As they closed in on the neighborhood they observed the two suspects fleeing on foot and quickly captured the perpetrators. As repeatedly mentioned, knocking on doors to find an unattended residence is how many burglars determine when to commit their crimes. It is suggested that if you find yourself in this situation make some noise, turn up a television or radio, bang pots together, or just say “We can’t come to the door right now.” As these burglars on Buford Street demonstrated, burglars don’t want confrontation and will take noise as a signal to flee. And as always suggested, If you See Something (someone knocking on doors in your neighborhood), Say Something (call the Cerritos Sheriff's Station 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.

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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