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Cerritos Crime Summary Mar 3-9

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There were 21 Part I felony crimes investigated during this week’s reporting period, which is a significant increase from the 11 reported the previous week.  The following is a breakdown of the reported crimes by category:  two robberies; one aggravated assault; four residential burglaries (the same as the previous two weeks); one commercial burglary; seven vehicle burglaries; five grand thefts; and one attempted vehicle theft.  Deputies made five felony arrests, 20 misdemeanor arrests, five warrant arrests, and issued 140 traffic citations.  The Sheriff’s dispatch center also received 286 calls for service, an increase over the 2014 weekly average of 255 calls.

The first robbery occurred on 3/4 at 5:15 a.m.  A woman living in the 11300 block of Candor Street went into her garage and sat down in her car when she was suddenly accosted by a male suspect in his 20s.  The suspect pointed a handgun at her and demanded her purse.  She handed the suspect her purse and he ran to a waiting vehicle and fled the area.  The second robbery occurred two days later on Pioneer Boulevard near Gridley Park.  At about 2:30 p.m., a 13-year-old Cerritos resident was walking down the sidewalk near the park when a younger teenage suspect pushed him down and ran off with his cell phone.               

The felony assault occurred on 3/7 and involved two co-workers at a business in the 16000 block of Arthur Street.  An argument between the two ended up in the parking lot where a fight ensued.  One combatant reported that he was knocked to the ground and kicked multiple times.

There were four residential burglaries this past reporting period, the same as the previous week.  On 3/3 a woman was arrested for burglary in the 17300 block of Grayland Avenue.  The woman entered the home through a rear door, and when she returned a second time later in the afternoon, deputies were called.  She claimed to be a real estate agent, but she was taken into custody when items from the home were found in her vehicle.  On 3/5 a kitchen window was entered at a home in the 13400 block of Darvalle Street.  A watch and about $4,400 in cash were stolen.  Thanks to an alert neighbor, detectives have some good suspect and vehicle information and are actively working this case.  Also on 3/5, during the day, someone removed a rear window screen from a home in the 13700 block of Aclare Street but did not enter the residence.  Finally, on 3/9 during the day, a suspect kicked in the front door of a home in the 12500 block of Destino Street and took an undetermined amount of jewelry.     

The commercial/other structure burglary involved a generator that was stolen from a construction site in the 18800 block of Pioneer Boulevard.

Seven vehicle burglaries occurred this past week, four in residential areas and three in public lots.  The first two incidents reported were at the same location in the 12400 block of Dawn Lane.  Overnight between 3/2-3 a suspect took a cell phone and possibly additional unknown property from a Camry and a Tahoe.  The third vehicle burglary occurred overnight on 3/8-9 in the 11300 block of Felson Street.  Someone shattered the rear window on a Yukon and stole the third row seat.  The final vehicle burglary in a residential area occurred in the 13500 block of Abana Street sometime between 3/5-7, and also involved the loss of a SUV’s third row seat.  (SUV third row seats are frequent targets, so check out prevention strategies at www.safercerritos.com.)  Sometime between 2/28-3/3 a suspect pried open a side compartment on a truck parked in the 13100 block of Alondra Boulevard and took a portable generator.  During evening hours on 3/7 a cell phone was stolen from a Yukon parked near the LA Fitness on Alondra Boulevard.  And sometime between 3/7-9 someone broke into several vehicles parked in an industrial area in the 13200 block of Alondra Boulevard, but the loss, if any, is unknown at this time.           

A housekeeper was reported to have stolen $4,000 in jewelry from a home in the 19200 block of Allingham Avenue.  This crime apparently occurred back in December and the housekeeper has admitted to the theft.  On 3/3 two suspects exited the Walmart in the Towne Center with three computer tablets valued at about $1,400.  They were able to escape in a dark pickup truck.  Victoria’s Secret at Los Cerritos Center reported that a shoplifter took clothing valued at $1,375. Sometime overnight on 3/7-8 someone stole a tailgate valued at $5,000 from a truck parked in a driveway in the 17700 block of Alora Avenue.  And the final grand theft reported the loss of liquor valued at about $1,600 that was stolen from the Ralph’s market on South Street.  

The lone vehicle theft this past week was actually an attempted theft as the vehicle was not taken.  This incident occurred during overnight hours on 3/7-8 and involved a Chevy Silverado pickup parked in a driveway in the 16800 block of Windward Avenue.


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