UPDATED: Cerritos Deputies Nab Burglary Suspect During Lengthy Containment Search

An alert neighbor called the Cerritos Sheriff's Station to report suspicious activity and when deputies arrived, three suspects fled.

Editor's Note: Updated at 12:30 p.m. with one suspect in custody and search called off.

A man suspected of breaking into a Cerritos residence Friday morning is in custody this afternoon after a lengthy containment search carried out by members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, including a K-9 unit, that put a residential neighborhood on lock down for more than two hours. 

The Cerritos Sheriff's Station was alerted to the possible break-in when a neighbor spotted three individuals jumping over the back wall of a home in the 3400 block of Naoma Lane just after 8:30 a.m.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they spotted a suspicious vehicle fleeing from the area, then crash, prompting at least one of the supsects to bail on foot, Lt. Richard Harpham told Patch. 

A containment was immediately established and deputies along with a sheriff's chopper and a K-9 unit carried out a search for the suspect, Smith said.

Several Cerritos residents told Patch that sheriff's personnel were instructing all residents to leave the area or remain inside their homes while the suspect remained at large. 

The suspect, whose name and age were not immediately released, was taken into custody just before 11 a.m., at which time the containment was brought down and residents were once again allowed to move freely throughout the area.

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Rick Flores October 05, 2012 at 05:46 PM
How do we know when it's okay to come out from the warehouse? we're working inside, & are stuck, right now
Danny Salas October 05, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I hope they get these bastards. I live on Carmenita and Artesia, and my house was broken into a month ago while it was being fumigated!
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Hi Rick, I'm so sorry I'm just seeing your note now. Yes it is OK to come outside. Search was called off at 11am! Story just updated. ~ MarieSam
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Danny, just updated the story, one suspect is in custody. And so sorry to hear you had your house broken into recently. Are they still investigating the case or were they eventually able to catch the person(s) responsible? I hear burglaries of fumigated homes is starting to become really common in SoCal. ~ MarieSam
yvette October 05, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I live between Del Amo Blvd and South St so my neighborhood is often victimized. Easy access to the freeway I guess. Unfortunately with the economy it's only going to get worse. Protect yourselfs and lock and secure your doors and windows. Get a home alarm system or a dog works just was good :) Get to know your neighbors and contact the police if you see any unusual or suspicious activity.
Danny Salas October 05, 2012 at 10:13 PM
They never caught anyone, so I've lost hope.
Jay Kim October 05, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Buy a good motion detection camera system and its always good to have a guard dog or be a member of the "nra". *wink*.
JH159753 October 06, 2012 at 03:05 AM
They were near my school, it affected 2nd to 4th period.
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) October 06, 2012 at 08:59 AM
Yvette, those are GREAT suggestion, sounds like you've been reading all the sheriff's tips :) And you're right, there seems to be a trend in theft-related crimes in areas with close freeway access. In fact, I think that's a great story idea that I will delve into! I think the most important point though that you mentioned is the importance of getting to know your neighbors and calling the police on any suspicious person/activity -- Cerritos Sheriff's boasts the best response time in LA County, so if you call them, there's a high chance they will catch someone in the act and make an arrest.
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) October 06, 2012 at 09:00 AM
What school is that? Were you guys forced to stay inside the classroom while this was going on??
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) October 06, 2012 at 09:00 AM
Dogs are awesome deterrents!
Dennis Garcia October 06, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Time for some vigilante justice.
Tim O'Donnell October 06, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Looked it up, its 2 streets north of me. Im sure it affected Carmineta, Stowers and Gonsalves. All are within a couple streets of the street.


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