Douglas County Sheriff’s Briefs: Undersheriff Tony Spurlock investigated

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Undersheriff investigated

Douglas County deputies responded to a call of a reported dispute involving  Undersheriff Tony Spurlock April 10 at a Highlands Ranch home.

The call, according to a news release by the sheriff’s office, was made by a passerby. Deputies conducted a criminal investigation and said that they found no evidence of criminal conduct.

“The undersheriff has cooperated fully with the investigation,” said Sgt. Ron Hanavan, DCSO spokesman. “All of the initial indicators are that no misconduct has occurred and therefore he is not on administrative leave.”

Sheriff David Weaver contacted the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office April 11 and requested that a routine independent investigation take place.

Mark Techmeyer, JCSO public information officer, confirmed there was an investigation underway, but would not release details of any of the potential charges that were being investigated and said no information would be available until the investigation was complete.

Spurlock, who chaired the state’s Domestic Violence Offender Treatment Board under Gov. Bill Owens in 2001, is running for Sheriff in Douglas County in 2014.

Vehicles broken into at hotel

Two vehicles were broken into the early morning hours April 2 at the Residence Inn on West Centennial Boulevard in Highlands Ranch. A woman staying at the hotel witnessed a man smashing the window of a parked truck in the lot and stealing what the owner later confirmed to be a bag of tools from the cab. The other vehicle, which also had a smashed window, had more than $4,000 worth of items stolen out of it, including a camcorder and camera.

On April 3 a report was filed for an incident at the Denver Marriot South on Park Meadows Drive in Lone Tree. A hotel occupant, who was there for a conference March 19-20, reported that when he left the conference he noticed his truck sounded louder than normal when he started it up. When he returned home, he noticed that his catalytic converter and muffler had been removed. He was told by a repair shop that it would cost $7,500 to fix his vehicle.

Sanctuary falls victim twice

Two incidents were reported at The Sanctuary Center at the corner of Wolfensberger Road and Colorado 105 in Castle Rock, including a vehicle trespass March 29 and a burglary March 21. The burglary involved donation money being stolen by someone who had chiseled through the lock of the metal gate out front and opened up donation envelopes that had been placed in the drop box.

Tools stolen from home

A resident in the 10100 block of Jill Avenue in Highlands Ranch discovered $525 worth of tools missing from his garage on April 3. Among the missing tools were three drills, a saw, a car buffer, shrub trimmers, a pressure washer and a tool box that had assorted tools inside. No suspicious activity had been reported or noticed by any of his neighbors and the resident was unsure exactly when the tools were taken.

Missing ring spurs questions

A woman reported her wedding ring stolen on April 5 from her residence in the 8400 block of Sunflower Street in Highlands Ranch. She had taken her ring off, along with some other jewelry, and left it sitting on the counter of a bathroom while carpet was being installed March 28.

Upon completion of the installation she noticed the ring missing, but the other jewelry remained. She could not reach the installers until April 1 and believes one of them had stolen it. Once reached they denied taking it, and her family has not seen it anywhere. The ring is valued at $1,700.