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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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MarieSam Sanchez 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 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 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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