Saturday, May 9, 2020

Sheriff's Crime Report: March crimes edges upward, street racing arrest and crime log

La Mirada- After nearly a year of fewer crimes being reported came to a halt in March just as fears of a COVID-19 outbreak in jails across the state resulted in the release of lower-risk criminals back onto the streets.

A total of 73 incidents of violent and property crimes were reported in March 2020, a 10.6% increase from the 66 reported to deputies in March 2019. 

Crime for the first quarter of 2020 in the city was unchanged from 2019 when the leap year is taken into account with 210 reports this year compared to 208 in the first three months of 2019.

The most notable change in crime from year to tear has been vehicle theft which has more than doubled from 14 in the first quarter of 2019 to 30 in 2020.

The city experienced one of its safest years in recent decades last year.

Statistics for the month of April will not be available until late May.

Crimes reported to deputies in the month of March 2019 and 2020.

                                     2019               2020

Sexual Assault                0                     1
Robbery                          3                     2
Aggravated Assault*       3                     4

Total Violent Crimes       6                     7

Burglary                          12                  10
Larceny Theft*                40                  40
Auto Theft                        7                   16
Arson                               1                    0

Total Property Crimes     60                  66 

Total Part 1 Crimes         66                  73
  March 2019/2020

Crimes Reported to Sheriff's to deputies from Jan. 1 through March 31, 2019, and 2020.

                                       2019                2020 

Sexual Assaults                1                      2
Robbery                            7                      6 
Aggravated Assault*        13                   18

Total Violent Crimes        21                   26

Burglary                           37                   33
Larceny Theft*                134                 121
Auto Theft                        14                   30
Arson                                2                     0

Total Property Crimes     187                 184  

All Part 1 Crimes            208                  210

*Aggravated Assaults are attempted or committed attacks by the use of force that could or has caused serious bodily injury.

* Larceny Theft are crimes such as theft from breaking into cars, shopping lifting, and more that are not related to vehicle theft or burglary.

Street racing arrest

One person was arrested in connection with two street racing incidents in the city on Wednesday.  

No arrests were reported during the first incident shortly before 2 am as a large number of 'sideshow takeover' fans blocked off the intersection of Alondra Blvd and Trojan Way followed by a show of doughnuts and drifting.

Later in the day, the special assignment deputies (SAO's) from the La Mirada Sheriff's Station arrested a man that was involved in a street racing contest and impounded the motorcycle he was riding on for 30 days.

A conviction brings the possibility of a jail sentence of up to 90 days, a $1,000 fine, their driver's license suspended for up to six months, and a mandatory 40 hours of community service in all cases. The vehicle being used in the speed contest will usually be subject to a 30-day impound. A previous conviction or an incident that results in injury brings harsher penalties.

Sheriff's officials state that La Mirada SAO deputies will continue to crack down on participants including spectators. Gathering for the purpose of watching one of these events is also a misdemeanor under the same law as the driver's and are also subject to arrest.

As roads empty especially late at night due to social distancing as well as school and workplace closures, law enforcement authorities have observed sharp increases in the incidents of drifting, street racing, and so-called sideshows where intersections are commandeered for shows.

The outcomes have sometimes been tragic including a recent crash in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles that killed three and pile-ups injuring multiple people in Santa Ana and Monrovia.

Sheriff's Crime Log

Monday, April 27

3:00 p.m.   An arrest was made in the 12000 block of  Springview Dr. for obstructing, delaying, or battery on a peace officer.

4:20 p.m.   A shoplifter was reported in the 13900 block of Imperial Hwy.

7:00 p.m.   A misdemeanor hit and run (damage only, no injuries) was reported at Barnwall St. and Dalmation Av,

Wednesday, April 29

8:55 p.m.   A theft from an unlocked vehicle was reported in the 16500 block of Summershade Dr.

Thursday, April 30

1:00 a.m.   A vehicle was reported stolen in the 13500 block of Duffield Av.

3:00 am     A vehicle was reported stolen in the 14800 block of Mansa Dr.

4:30 a.m.   A vehicle was reported stolen from the 15800 block of Alicante Rd.

3:28 p.m.   A suspect was arrested in the 16100 block of Rosecrans Av after allegedly threatening a person with a knife during an argument. No injuries were reported from the incident.

Friday, May 1

8::21 a.m.   A vehicle was reported stolen from the 13000 block of La Mirada Bl.

Saturday, May 2 

2:50 a.m.    Grand theft from two unlocked vehicles was reported in the 14200 block of Bora Dr.

3:58 a.m.    A pickup truck was reported stolen from the 14400 block of Valeda Dr.  The vehicle was located abandoned the following day.

Monday, May 4

1:45 a.m.   A vehicle was reported stolen from the 13900 block of Imperial Hwy.

2:00 a.m.   A vehicle was reported in the 14100 block of Lynmark St.

2:15 a.m.   A vehicle was reported stolen from the 16100 block of Mart Dr.

3:00 a.m.   A motorcycle was reported stolen from the 16100 block of Rosecrans Av.

6:48 p.m.   A misdemeanor arrest was made at Leffingwell Rd and Telegraph Rd for possession of a controlled substance.

Tuesday, May 5

12:50 a.m.  A vehicle was reported stolen from the 14700 block of San Esteban Dr.

2:42 p.m.   La Mirada special assignment deputies made a felony arrest in South Whittier in the 13500 block of Leffingwell Rd for transport of marijuana for sales, possession of methamphetamines, possession of counterfeit currency, grand theft, and a warrant.

Wednesday, May 6

4:00 a.m.   A vehicle was reported stolen from the 14500 block of San Dieguito Dr.

4:30 a.m.   An arrest was made for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance at Alondra Bl and La Mirada Bl

Also during the week of April 27 through May 3 the following crimes were reported according to La Mirada Public Safety

A storage container was broken into at La Mirada High School.

A daytime burglary of a home was reported in the 14400 block of Rosecrans Ave.

Three additional burglaries of vehicles during the daytime were reported including: tools from a vehicle in the 13600 block of Avion Dr, a purse 13900 block of Ramhurst Dr, and a third vehicle was broken into in the 14700 block of Ramhurst Dr.

A vehicle was broken into overnight in the 14300 block of San Esteban Dr.

Catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles in the 14300 block of Alicante Rd and 14200 block of Firestone Bl.

An arrest of a bike theft suspect was made at Imperial Hwy and Edwards Rd,

A stolen vehicle was located and recovered from the 13200 block of Woodridge Av.

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