Douglas County Sheriff's briefs
Suspicious black sedan cruises Ranch
A black sedan with a suspicious-acting driver approached a child out playing on his scooter around 6 p.m. Oct. 1 near the intersection of Poston Parkway and Griggs Road in Highlands Ranch. The driver of the sedan was described as an unknown white male with an athletic build and short brown hair wearing a striped gray hoodie. The man allegedly attempted to lure the child into his vehicle and then threatened the child. The child refused to enter the vehicle and ran away, unharmed.
No license plate information was gathered, but the vehicle is said to have a large scratch on the driver’s side hood, tinted windows and a black antenna ball. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-660-7579 or contact 911 if they see suspicious activity occurring.
Camper trailers stolen
A 2013 Heartland camper trailer was stolen from a storage facility on the 5400 block of Peterson Road in Sedalia sometime between the dates of Aug. 3 and 15. The owner of the camper became notified it was missing when she received a bill from E-470 Xpress Toll on Sept. 24, showing the plate number for the camper and stating that it had traveled on E-470 between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Aug. 15, ringing up $8.85 in tolls. After contacting E-470 for video surveillance it was determined that the camper was being towed by a white Ford van, but the van’s plates were not visible.
Sometime between the dates of Sept. 22 and 27 a Palomino Pop-up Tent Trailer was stolen from Rainbow Falls Park in southwest Douglas County. The trailer had been chained to a tree at the owner’s campsite and when the owner returned to camp on Sept. 27 it was no longer there.
Gas station thieves get away
On Sept. 21 a trio of suspects entered the Conoco gas station on the 9400 block of S. University Blvd. in Highlands Ranch allegedly committing numerous crimes. A black female entered the store first and, according to the clerk at the store, she went straight to the bathroom where she was believed to be getting high.
A white male in a red shirt, black and white plaid shorts, and a black ball cap then entered the store with a black male wearing all black. The black male attempted to pay for gas and other items with a counterfeit bill. After being told by the clerk the bill was bad he purchased the items with other money and he and the white male went and knocked on the restroom door to get their friend.
After watching video surveillance later, it became apparent that the white male stole a donation jar that had close to $25 in it for the Special Olympics and the black male took some other items without paying for them before the three left together. The video surveillance tape is now in possession of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Apartment manager robbed
Approximately 65 pages worth of eviction paperwork for three tenants was mysteriously removed from an apartment manager’s locked apartment sometime between 10 a.m. Sept. 23 and 7 p.m. Sept. 24. The theft occurred at an Inverness apartment building on the 9700 block of Pyramid Court. Nothing else was missing from the apartment and there was no damage to the door. The manager believes someone with a master key used it to get in to her apartment. She said she filed the report because there was information regarding her son in the paperwork that she did not want to get out. She has lived there several years and never changed the locks.
Car chase ends in wreck
A familial vehicle chase led one car into the rear end of the other near Westridge Recreation Center at Foothills Canyon Boulevard and Highlands Ranch Parkway in the early afternoon hours of Sept. 19 in Highlands Ranch. A semi-domestic situation that involved a small child, the child’s mother and the child’s paternal grandfather ended with the mother being transported to the hospital for surgical procedures after her vehicle was struck from behind by the grandfather’s.
According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, it was unclear whose vehicle the baby was in, but the sheriff’s office was recommending to the District Attorney’s Office that the grandfather be charged with first-degree assault, reckless driving, endangerment of a child and child abuse. Injuries to the child’s mother appeared not to be critical.
Social Security cards stolen
Sometime between Aug. 23 and Sept. 19, a Highlands Ranch woman’s and her son’s Social Security cards were stolen from the woman’s vehicle. She had placed the cards in her vehicle in order to open up a savings account in both of their names, but had not yet gotten around to going to the bank to open the account.
In the time before she noticed the cards missing, the woman valet-parked her vehicle at the airport, dropped the car off to get it cleaned and took it to the dealership for work. The sheriff’s office reminds people not to leave their cards where others can get to them for fear of potential identity theft.
Construction sites robbed
Three Parker construction sites filed theft reports with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office between the days of Sept. 16 and 18. A total of $840 worth of copper piping was removed from a future home on the 13700 block of Ashgrove Circle that is in the beginning phase of construction, making it the second reported robbery of copper piping on the street in as many weeks. Four rolls of home wrap and a power saw were also removed from a pair of construction sites in the 13800 block of Pastel Road.
‘No parking’ signs stolen
Three “no parking” signs were removed from their poles sometime between Sept. 12 and 14 near the intersection of Blackbird Way and Blackbird Circle in Highlands Ranch. The bolts and nuts were found in the grass sitting next to the respective poles. There are no suspects or leads at this time.