Burglar gets free refund
On Sept. 12, a Highlands Ranch business in the 9200 block of South Broadway reported a theft that occurred the previous day. Security footage that was shared with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office showed a man entering the store, picking up an item valued at $30, and taking it to the counter.
There the man encountered the owner, claiming that he had purchased the item for his wife and wished to return it. The owner of the store refunded the man money despite the lack of a receipt. She did not know at the time the refund was issued that the man had entered the store without the item, but picked it up inside instead.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to multiple locations around Douglas County on Sept. 13 following reports of community mailboxes being damaged. Locations included the intersection of Crowfoot Valley Road and Lemon Gulch in Parker, Titan Road and Rangeview Lane in Roxborough, Heir Valley Road and North Colorado 67 south of Castle Rock, and Colorado 105 and Oakland Drive south of Sedalia.
In all of the instances, the interior framework of the mailboxes had been pulled out from the inside. Compromising the integrity of a U.S. mailbox is a federal crime.
Home construction vandalized
A report of 140 feet of copper piping being stolen from a home under construction in the 13700 block of Ashgrove Circle near Parker was made to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Sept. 9. The reporting party had already replaced the piping when the report was made as they had difficulty with filing the report on first attempt.
Four days later, deputies responded to new construction on the 10400 block of Sierra Ridge Drive in Parker. A representative of the builder reported that a front door, valued at $350, had been removed by the hinges from the home. Nothing else was stolen from the property.
Highlands Ranch home entered
A home in the 9100 block of Roadrunner Drive in Highlands Ranch was broken into sometime during business hours on Sept. 12. The owner left for work at 9 a.m., leaving the home in fine condition. When he returned home shortly before 5 p.m. he saw that the glass from the front door was broken and shattered into pieces on the front porch.
The door was left about one inch open and the sliding back door, which he shuts every day before leaving the house, was all the way open. The only thing the man reported missing from his home was a black pillowcase.