Douglas County Sheriff's briefs
Stolen iPhone recovered
A black iPhone 5 taken from a table at Lodo’s in Highlands Ranch around 10 p.m. Oct. 5 wound up being tracked to a residence on the 11200 block of Glenmoor Court in Parker and successfully recovered. After returning home and tracking his phone on his laptop and discovering it was on and located at the Parker home, the victim called the sheriff’s office from a friend’s phone. The deputy stopped by the victim’s home to take a report and then drove to the Parker home where he found a man and his girlfriend who appeared intoxicated and claimed they didn’t know anything about an iPhone, further stating they didn’t even know how to operate one.
The deputy asked them if they wouldn’t mind emptying their pockets and purse in the event one of them had accidentally picked it up. They obliged and the male suspect pulled two cell phones out of his back pocket, and said “why do I have two wallets, this black one isn’t mine.” The officer then used the code given to him by the victim to unlock the iPhone and returned it to the rightful owner. No charges were filed as the victim — happy to have his phone back — thought it may have been accidental.
Man scammed on camera sale
A Highlands Ranch man became the victim of an eBay scam when he sold his camera for $850 to a buyer from Azerbaijan. The seller sent the camera to the buyer and received payment in full for the camera. He was then contacted by the buyer saying that the camera did not work. He agreed to refund the man his money in exchange for the camera being returned.
After the money was removed from his account, he received a package from Azerbaijan that was filled with camera parts that he had never sent to the buyer in the first place. It did not contain the camera he sold.
Irish flag stolen
An Irish flag with a gold-colored flagpole was stolen sometime between 12:15 and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 5 from a fence in the 8700 block of East Hilltop Road in Parker. The national flag had been hung by the victim in honor of a friend who was of Irish decent and had recently died. The victim regularly hangs patriotic signage and American flags along her fence near the roadway and has never had anything like this happen.
Two bikes stolen
A gray Cannondale Bad Boy and a blue Giant, each worth around $1,500, were stolen from the front porch of an apartment on the 6600 block of Green River Drive in Highlands Ranch sometime overnight on Oct.1. The victims left the bikes out overnight, last seeing them on their porch around 10:50 Oct. 1 and noticing them missing at 6 a.m. Oct. 2.
The Cannondale had new silver handlebars, a new right gear shift, new brake gear lines, new tires, new front and rear lights, and a gel seat cover. The Giant had a slender road racing seat and a silver cup holder.