Douglas County Sheriff's Reports


‘Gallon smashing’ prank hits

A YouTube sensation known as “gallon smashing” was reported three times in Douglas County in the last week, including Feb. 26 at the King Soopers on University Boulevard and Highlands Ranch Parkway in Highlands Ranch.

The prank, considered to be criminal mischief, consists of a group of teenagers walking into a grocery store, grabbing a couple gallons of milk, throwing them in the air down one of the aisles, then pretending to have slipped on the exploded milk by falling down on the floor. While this is done by one or two of the teenagers, another one films it as those on the floor get up and leave.

The three teens who reportedly did this in Highlands Ranch were videotaped by the store leaving in an older model green Ford Probe. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 303-660-7505.

Vehicle windows shot out

About 1 a.m. on the morning of March 2, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 8600 block of Forrest Drive in Highlands Ranch over a report that the rear window of a yellow Nissan Xterra in front of the home had been shot out.

The reporting party had been inside watching television when he heard four loud shots. When he went outside, he noticed the window was broken out and there was glass all over the street. The case is currently being handled by the Douglas County Pattern Crimes Unit as this incident is similar to others that have happened around Highlands Ranch over recent months.

Vandals put lights out permanently

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call March 2 in the 11000 block of Glengate Circle in Highlands Ranch involving a man who had four landscape lights smashed out on his property.

Over the previous weekend, the man noticed that four of his landscape lights had been pulled out of the ground and left lying in his yard overnight. He put them back the following day and then a week later discovered them pulled out again, finding them smashed on the ground. He estimated the replacement cost to be about $200. There are no suspects at this time. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.


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