Cerritos Sheriff’s Station Weekly
Updated March 19, 2015
March 9 – 15, 2015
There were eighteen Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this reporting period, an increase of two from the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: one robbery; five residential burglaries; one commercial/other burglary; five vehicle burglaries; two grand thefts; and four auto thefts. Deputies made eight felony arrests, ten misdemeanor arrests, four warrant arrests, and issued 151 citations. The Sheriff's dispatch center also received a total of 298 calls, an increase from the 2015 weekly average of 244.
10900 block Alondra Blvd (03/14): Suspect entered the store, walked up to some display shelves and placed several items in the front of his pants then exited the store without attempting to pay. Suspect was then stopped outside of the store by loss prevention officers where the suspect became enraged and punched the store loss prevention officer on his head. The physical assault elevated the property crime to a robbery. The suspect was detained and arrested.
16200 block Indian Creek Rd (03/12): Suspect(s) shattered a kitchen window, then entered and ransacked the residence. The loss is undetermined at this time.
16500 block Langfield Ave (03/12): Suspect(s) pried open a kitchen window, entered the home and ransacked the dwelling.
17100 block Pires Ave (03/09): Suspect(s) entered a garage that had been left open overnight. Several tools were stolen out of the garage.
18800 block Jeffrey Ave (attempt: 03/12): Suspect shattered a bedroom window; however, the suspect did not make entry because the residents made it known that they were inside the home. The suspect fled the area. No property loss.
17000 block Leal Ave (03/11): Suspect(s) shattered a rear sliding door and made entry into the home after first ringing the doorbell and receiving no response. Once the suspects discovered that the homeowners were inside the house, they fled and were subsequently arrested by deputies. No loss.
Other Structure Burglary:
12400 block Rancho Vista Dr (03/09): Suspect(s) entered the detached garage of a home by unknown means and stole a men's wallet, which was inside an unlocked vehicle parked in the garage.
11300 block South St (03/08): Suspect stole a women's wedding ring from the restaurant restroom after the ring was placed on the sink and inadvertently left unattended.
11500 block South St (03/14): Suspect broke a glass case containing several iPads then place the iPads in his jacket before running out the store without attempting to pay for the items. Suspect ran through the parking lot and out of view.
Grand Theft Auto:
12800 block Towne Center Dr (03/09): Suspect(s) stole a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe parked in the shopping center parking lot. Not yet recovered.
17700 block Parkvalle Pl (03/10): Suspect(s) stole a 2001 Mercedes CL4 from the driveway; the vehicle was recovered stripped in San Bernardino.
20200 block Avenida Pamplona (03/14-15): Suspect(s) stole a 1999 Honda Accord from the driveway. Vehicle not yet recovered.
18300 block Studebaker Rd (03/09-11): Suspect(s) stole a 2014 Volkswagen Beetle from a dealership. Vehicle was recovered in Los Angeles in unknown condition.
12700 block Center Court Dr (03/08-09): Suspect(s) pried open a window of a 2009 Chevrolet Suburban and stole the vehicle's 3rd row seat.
12200 block Glen Creek Road (03/13-15): Suspect(s) shattered the window of a 2002 Honda Accord and stole several CD's.
12200 block Glen Creek Road (03/09-10): Suspect(s) pried open a window of a 2007 GMC Yukon and stole the vehicle's 3rd row seat along with a backpack that had been left inside.
12200 block Glen Creek Road (03/13-14): Suspect(s) pried open the rear hatch window of a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe and stole the vehicle's 3rd row seat.
12200 block Glen Creek Road (03/11): Suspect(s) entered a 1995 Honda Civic, through unknown means, and stole a backpack and iPad left inside.
Simple Prevention Tips
Preventing residential burglaries has always presented the greatest challenge for Cerritos deputies and residents. Would-be burglars often move stealthy through the neighborhoods during daylight hours as they seek unoccupied homes to plunder. Several crimes from this past week exposed a common strategy used by burglary suspects during break-ins. Knowing those strategies provides an opportunity to thwart residential break-ins. Often times, suspect(s) will approach what they believe is an unoccupied home and ring the doorbell. If the resident answers the door, the suspects usually provide a false story to justify their presence. A “story” is offered in hopes that the resident will not become suspicious and call the Sheriff’s Department. If the suspects do not receive a response after ringing the doorbell, then they usually move to the side or rear of the house and breakout a window to gain entry.
To deter burglars, ensure your yard is well kept and the foliage around your house does not restrict the view of doors, windows or pathways. Pick up all papers, door-flyers and debris that may make your house look unoccupied. Consider parking a car in the driveway. If a stranger knocks on your door, have that person identify themself before you open the door or simply state “not interested” or “go away.”Also, keep a watchful eye out for suspicious people knocking on your neighbor’s door. Please contact Cerritos Sheriff’s Station if you witness any suspicious persons knocking on residential doors or acting suspiciously while sitting in a car on a residential street. You may only see one suspect; however, burglars often work in pairs.
Another crime that is resurging is the theft of 3rd row seats from SUV vehicles. This item is easy to remove and even easier to resell for hundreds of dollars. To help deter the theft of a 3rd row seat, lock the seat to its floor mounting bracket with a cable lock. Also, engrave some type of identifying information on metal frame, such as your vehicle’s VIN number or your driver’s license number.
Visit Safer Cerritos
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.
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.