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Thieves hit area Targets

Authorities think a pair of suspects are responsible for a series of crimes in metro-area Target stores.

A 5-foot-11 black man, weighing about 190 pounds and possessing a pronounced limp in his left leg, was captured on surveillance video at 4:20 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Target store in the 1900 block of E. County Line Road in Highlands Ranch, where he placed a 32-inch LG television and a pair of Beats headphones into a shopping cart, bypassed all points of sale and left the parking lot in a small silver sedan.

He returned three hours later with a 5-foot-7, 155-pound Hispanic female accomplice and filled a shopping cart with a large amount of clothing, again bypassing all points of sale and leaving in the same sedan.

The same individuals have been identified as suspects for similar crimes at Target stores in Brighton and Arvada.

Graffiti carefully worded

Messages including “Open your ... mind” and “OH NO! YOUR UPPER CLASS NEIGHBORHOOD HAS WRITING ON IT” were spray-painted on fences belonging to the Highlands Ranch Metro District near the intersection of Hunterwood Drive and Ravenswood Lane as well as Hunterwood Drive and Highlands Ranch Parkway.

The incidents were discovered on Oct. 19 and 20 and other graffiti was also noted in the area. There are no suspects at this time.

Idling car gets broken into

An unattended vehicle that was idling in the 13100 block of Rigel Drive in Lone Tree outside the owner’s home was broken into at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 16. The owner of the car was warming it up, and after starting it went inside to get her sister to take her to school.

When she returned to her vehicle, she found that the center console and glove box were both open and had been rummaged through. She was missing an iPhone and her wallet, which contained her driver’s license and debit card. Leaving a car unattended and running is illegal.

Church playground vandalized

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to The Holy Cross Lutheran Church, in the 9700 block of Foothills Canyon Boulevard in Highlands Ranch, shortly after 7 a.m. Oct. 15 on a report of criminal mischief.

Sometime overnight an unknown suspect, or suspects, vandalized the playground, taking apart the playground equipment, tipping over the basketball hoop, smashing pumpkins and placingd a picnic table on top of a work shed. Most of the playground equipment was not permanently damaged.