Cerritos Sheriff’s Station Weekly
Updated March 6, 2014
February 24–March 2, 2014
There were 11 Part I felony crimes investigated during this week's reporting period, which is a nice decline from the 30 reported the previous week and the 2014 weekly average of about 19 Part I crimes. The following is a breakdown of the reported crimes by category: no robberies (always good news); one aggravated assault (a domestic violence case); four residential burglaries (the same as the previous week); one commercial burglary; four vehicle burglaries; one grand theft; and one stolen vehicle. Deputies made one felony arrest, 11 misdemeanor arrests, four warrant arrests, and issued 79 traffic citations. The Sheriff's dispatch center also received 234 calls for service, a decrease from the 2014 weekly average of 251 calls.
On Friday, 2/28, a woman reported that her boyfriend pushed her through a glass window. Fortunately, the victim was not seriously injured (this is the second report of a domestic violence incident in the past two weeks).
Two residential burglaries were also reported on 2/28. The first occurred in the afternoon in the 11300 block of Sharon Street. The front door was pried, but fortunately there appears to have been no entry into the home. Later that afternoon, in the 11000 block of Hibbing Street, a suspect shattered a rear window of the residence but nothing was taken. A witness observed a white Lexus parked in front of the location at about the same time of the break-in, although it is unknown if the vehicle was involved. The other two residential burglaries occurred over the weekend. On Saturday, 3/1, a suspect kicked in the front door of a home in the 19100 block of Martha Avenue. A laptop computer, jewelry, and $100 in cash were stolen. On Sunday, 3/2, someone broke a rear window and entered a home in the 13000 block of Rose Street. The report is not yet on file and it is unknown if any property was stolen. The commercial burglary occurred at a construction site on South Street near Carmenita Avenue. Someone entered an unlocked trailer and stole a computer. Fingerprint investigations were conducted at each of these crime scenes, but no suspects have been identified at this time.
Four vehicle burglaries occurred this past week, two in public parking lots and two in residential areas. All four vehicles were entered after thieves shattered windows to gain access. Just after midnight on Tuesday, 2/25, a Dodge Durango parked on College Place behind the Home Depot Center was entered and a purse was stolen. Just before noon on 3/2, a Mercedes parked in a public lot on 166th Street near Bloomfield was the target and a purse and jewelry were stolen. During overnight hours on 2/26-27, golf clubs were stolen from a Chevy Suburban parked in the 20100 block of Plaza De Cordoba. And finally, during the overnight hours of 2/26-27, a bag with school supplies was stolen from a Ford Expedition in the 19900 block of Mapes Avenue.
The grand theft occurred at the Apple Store in the Los Cerritos Center. About noon on Thursday, 2/27, a male suspect made off with six sample iPhones. Although credit card fraud occurs at this store periodically, such brazen thefts are pretty rare.
In the final crime category, auto theft, there was one reported crime this past week. On Friday, 2/28, between about 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., a 1989 Honda Civic was stolen from the Towne Center. Because older model Hondas and Toyotas (1990s and older) are frequently the target of auto thieves, it is suggested that a club or other steering wheel locking device be used in public parking lots. Auto theft increased in Cerritos by 23 percent last year and auto thieves are seldom apprehended. Hardening the target is the only way to protect your vehicle.
We encourage residents, business owners, and their employees to consider joining the Virtual Block Club (VBC). If you are interested in helping our Sheriff's Department prevent and reduce crime, and enhancing your own personal and neighborhood safety, join the VBC 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 www.safercerritos.com to sign up.
Go to www.safercerritos.com for an extensive library of crime prevention tips, disaster preparedness information and a variety of links to other pertinent sites.
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
If you are interested in becoming a Block Captain in the Cerritos Neighborhood Watch, contact the Community Safety office at (562) 916-1266. Block Captains act as contacts for the Sheriff’s Department and the Community Safety Division on behalf of their neighbors. They are also responsible for distributing information and do a great deal to promote public safety in Cerritos.
Remember, informed citizens who use safe living strategies are safer citizens! We encourage residents, business owners and their employees to consider joining the Virtual Block Club (VBC). If you are interested in helping our Sheriff’s Department prevent and reduce crime, and enhancing your own personal and neighborhood safety, join the VBC 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.
Please also note that there is a Neighborhood Watch Block Captains meeting scheduled for 9 a. m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014. The meeting will take place at the Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center. Sheriff's command staff and Cerritos Community Safety Division staff will discuss crime trends over the past year, provide prevention and safety tips, and answer questions about safety and related issues in the Cerritos. Please be sure to attend and invite friends and neighbors who may be interested in community safety issues.