After multiple Highlands Ranch residents reported being victimized by someone breaking into their homes through pet doors in the middle of the night this fall, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has taken a suspect into custody, where she remains on a $50,000 bond.
Mackenzie Mavis, 20, was arrested in connection with a Nov. 29 burglary in which she allegedly awakened the sleeping victim while inside the home. Mavis reportedly fled from the residence on foot, but the homeowner gave chase and detained her until law enforcement arrived.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is recommending that Mavis be charged with felony second-degree burglary, felony crimes against an at-risk adult, misdemeanor theft and criminal mischief. According to a news release from the DCSO, the investigation is ongoing and there is no further information available at this time.
Colorado Community Media previously reported on five pet-door break-ins occurring between Oct. 18 and early November. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Teller, the burglar, or group of burglars, spent a short time in each home, grabbing small things of value like iPads and cell phones before fleeing.
In addition to his concern for the victims, Teller said he was also afraid for those who were committing the acts.
“They have no fear,” he said. “They’re going through a pet door and don’t know what kind of pet is in that home. These aren’t small pet doors. They’re a pretty decent size.
“Douglas County is a very conservative county and there are a lot of gun owners. That’s another risk that they’re taking when they enter these homes. They don’t know what they’re going to encounter on the other side.”
Anyone with information, or who may have been a victim of one of the pet-door break-ins, is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 303-660-7500.