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Cerritos Resident Used Shotgun to Scare Intruder Away

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Thursday July 25, 2019 11:00 a.m.


A Cerritos resident and his family who live on the 17000 block of Newburgh Ave. in Cerritos had quite a scare this past Tuesday, July 23.

His family was startled to find a man in their backyard “making noise” at around 11:51 p.m.; frightened, they called the Cerritos Sheriffs.

The Cerritos station deputies responded with lights and sirens to the “burglary in progress” call.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the homeowner heard the prowler in his backyard banging on the door and demanding entry.

The brazen suspect was then heard breaking out their kitchen window, but by that time the father had taken serious, and some will say dangerous, action.

The brave father had confronted the prowler with a shotgun and scared him away.

The intruder fled the location prior to the deputy’s arrival with the victims reportedly hearing a car screeching away; neither the family nor the father saw the vehicle nor the direction of travel.

The family said the incident happened so fast neither of them got a good look at the suspect and “only saw his shadow,” after the father wielded the shotgun.

The report indicated that because of the actions of the father, the intruder did not make entry into the home nor was anything stolen.

However, the intruder’s vehicle was not located, so the sheriffs remained in the area throughout the night in case the intruder returned.

A follow-up investigation is underway with the sheriffs stating that the incident may be related to a similar incident that happened in the area the night before.



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TO: Andy American……………. Lakewood LASD only gives us helicopter from late afternoon to part of the evening, not 24 hrs. !!!Bellflower (BF) and Artesia have dropped out of the Helicopter Sharing, which cost shared is aprox $250K yr & some was subsidized by LACBS. ONL: Another failure, immigrant property owners to frugal to keep lights on an radios on too. Cerritos only has 4 LASD cars on patrol at $1M per car/ yrs, totals $18M yr budget. BF has special assigned private security patrol, which is much more cost effective to the annual budget. Other cities are also supplementing security… Read more »


Guns n Hoses, are you bloody serious?! No one is going to want to pay another fee for some type of service. If there is a neighborhood watch with strong communication; then thefts could possibly decrease. We don’t need another entity patrolling around! The helicopter flys over Cerritos ever blasted 30 minutes.. you can never be completely safe from criminals but Cerritos is already trying pretty darn hard. Community togetherness is key.

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…..WHERE IS THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH ????????? LACSD told me that the city of Bellflower, now supplements the sheriff’s by paying for a private independent Patrol. Like this idea and I’ve been throwing this out at Cerritos, for over two years and they’ve done nothing. Private Patrol does not make any arrests and does not have guns; they just cruises Street and Report directly to the Sheriff’s and then the sheriff’s respond. Many yrs now, Cerritos Sheriff’s said they favor this and would like this, but then last week, brought it to our city manager and he did not like it,… Read more »