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Cerritos Sheriff's Station Weekly
Crime Summary

Updated March 23, 2017

March 6–12, 2017

There were 35 Part I felony crimes reported in Cerritos this past reporting period, resulting in an increase of three from the previous week. The following is a breakdown of crimes by category: one robbery, four residential burglaries, six grand thefts, seven vehicle thefts, and nine vehicle burglaries. Cerritos Station deputies made six felony arrests, 13 misdemeanor arrests, six warrant arrests, and issued 53 citations. The Sheriff’s dispatch center also received a total of 416 calls for service.

Robbery:

239 Los Cerritos Center (03/09—Afternoon): The suspect entered the store while it was open for business and walked to the shoe department. The suspect selected a pair of shoes, took them out of the box, and put them on, placing his old shoes into the box. The suspect exited the store, making no attempt to pay for the shoes. The victim contacted the suspect outside and attempted to detain him. A second suspect suddenly appeared and asked if there was a problem, while holding a knife. Fearing for his safety, the victim let the suspects leave. Cerritos deputies were able to locate the suspects, recovering the shoes and arresting both.

Residential Burglary:

10800 block of Elena Street (03/07—Morning): The suspect attempted to enter the home via the rear sliding door. Entry was not made.
18400 block of Alfred Avenue (03/06-07—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered the home via the garage rollup door that was left unlocked. Stolen were LED lights, fans, and a tile cutter.
12700 block of Aclare Street (03/06—Evening): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear sliding door. Stolen were watches.
12700 block of Andy Street (03/01-07—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the home by shattering the rear window. Stolen was a jar filled with coins.

Commercial/Other Structure Burglary:

12600 block of Artesia Boulevard (03/10-11—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered the location by prying open the door. Stolen were tools.
13300 block of South Street (03/07—Morning): The suspect(s) entered the location by prying open the front door. Stolen was cash.
19100 block of Bloomfield Avenue (03/07—Morning): The suspect(s) entered the location by prying open the front door. Stolen were coins.
17700 block of Palo Verde Avenue (03/07—Morning): The suspect(s) entered the unlocked garage and stole a bowling ball and bag.
11400 block of South Street (03/05-06—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the location by prying open the front door. It is currently unknown if anything was stolen.
13800 block of Bettencourt Street (03/04-06—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the location by shattering the front door. Stolen was an electronic device.
16900 block of Edwards Road (03/04—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the location by shattering a side window. Stolen were sodas, chips, and coins.
11900 block of Artesia Boulevard (03/04-06—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered the location by damaging the card reader. Stolen was the fire extinguisher.

Grand Theft:

11500 block of South Street (03/12—Evening): The suspects entered the store while it was open for business and stole baby formula and home d├ęcor items.
239 Los Cerritos Center (03/08—Evening): The suspect entered the store while it was open for business and stole makeup and perfume. The items were recovered and the suspect arrested.
18600 block of Clydepark Avenue (03/08-09—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole electronic devices and backpacks.
13200 block of South Street (03/07—Evening): The suspect(s) stole the tailgate off of the victim’s truck while parked at the location.
10800 block of Artesia Boulevard (03/07—Evening): The suspect(s) stole the victim’s wallet and electronic devices after leaving them unattended on a chair.
239 Los Cerritos Center (02/13—Afternoon): The suspect(s) stole the victim’s electronic device, after she accidentally left it on a counter.

Grand Theft Auto:

239 Los Cerritos Center (03/12—Evening): The suspect(s) stole a 2007 Acura TSX from the parking lot.
12300 block of Glen Creek Road (03/08-09—Overnight): The suspect(s) stole a 1995 Honda Civic from the residence.
16500 block of Carmenita Road (03/09—Afternoon): The suspect(s) stole a 1994 Honda Civic from the parking lot.
18800 block of Carmenita Road (03/09—Morning): The suspect(s) stole a 1989 Mazda B2200 from the parking lot.
18700 block of Studebaker Road (03/07-08—Overnight): The suspect(s) stole a 2011 Toyota Tacoma from the parking lot.
17300 block of Stowers Avenue (03/07-08—Overnight): The suspect(s) stole a 1997 Honda Civic from the residence.
11800 block of Monroe Street (03/05-06—Unknown): The suspect(s) stole a 2002 Toyota 4Runner from the designated parking area.

Vehicle Burglary:

19900 block of Claretta Avenue (03/08—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 2012 Mazda 2, parked in the driveway of the residence, by shattering a window. Stolen was cash.
11200 block of 183rd Street (03/07—Evening): The suspect(s) entered a 2012 Mercedes GL450, parked in the parking lot, by shattering a window. Nothing was stolen.
19900 block of Claretta Avenue (03/08—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, parked in the driveway of the residence, by shattering a window. Stolen were tools.
239 Los Cerritos Center (03/11—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 2006 Nissan Frontier, parked in the parking lot, by shattering a window. Stolen was U.S currency.
12200 block of Viarna Street (03/08—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 2017 Audi A4, parked at the residence, by shattering a window. Stolen were sunglasses.
18700 block of San Gabriel Avenue (03/10-11—Unknown): The suspect(s) entered a 2013 Kia Optima parked at the residence and stole a laptop. It is unknown how entry was made.
12200 block of Viarna Street (03/07-08—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered a 2000 BMW 323CI, parked at the residence, by shattering a window. Stolen were CDs.
12200 block of Viarna Street (03/07-08—Overnight): The suspect(s) entered a 2005 GMC Envoy, parked at the residence, by shattering a window. Nothing appeared to be stolen.
19700 block of Miguel Avenue (03/08—Morning): The suspect(s) entered a 2009 Honda Accord, parked in the driveway of the residence, by shattering a window. Stolen were sunglasses and electronic devices.

Simple Prevention Tips

Burglary Prevention:

  • Never leave a house key in an obvious place outside.
  • Remove keys and garage door openers from your vehicles, especially those parked outside.
  • Lock doors and windows, including garage doors. This includes the door to your attached garage. During summer months, use secondary locks to secure windows in unattended rooms.
  • Install locks on gates. Solid fences create a concealment area for offenders. Unlocked gates provide them easy access to an area where neighbors and bystanders cannot observe activity.
  • Do not leave out tools or climbing devices out such as ladders, storage containers, and outdoor furniture that allow someone to gain access to your home.
  • Block visibility to valuables such as electronics and jewelry in the home by covering windows or move valuables out of sight of windows.
  • Keep your garage door closed even when you are home.
  • Residential burglaries often happen during the day when residents are gone to school or work.
  • During darkness, leave the exterior porch lights and a bedroom light on. Create an appearance of occupancy. Making it appear that someone is home during these times can be a deterrent.

If you see suspicious person(s) or activity in your neighborhood or business, call Cerritos Sheriff’s Station at (562) 860-0044 or 911 immediately. It is a good idea to keep the Sheriff’s Station phone number stored in your cell phone for quick reference.

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Criminals are deterred by informed, vigilant, and involved citizens. Remember—see something, say something.

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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