Highlands Ranch vandals identified

Douglas County sheriff’s briefs

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Two teenage males who were caught on video hurling rocks at car and house windows in Highlands Ranch have been identified by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Between Midnight and 2 a.m. on June 7 deputies responded to multiple calls in the area between Broadway and University in Highlands Ranch. The teens are believed to be responsible for breaking more than 25 different car and house windows spanning 25 blocks, with rocks. A citizen who lives on Red Haven Way captured video of the two teens stepping out of a silver SUV and throwing a rock through his window.

After releasing the video to multiple news agencies, the sheriff’s office received numerous tips through Metro Denver Crime Stoppers and was able to identify two suspects, one 18-year-old adult, and one juvenile. According to Undersheriff Tony Spurlock the department has the vehicle used by the teens in its possession.

“This is an extensive, ongoing investigation and at the conclusion of the investigation, the determination of what, if any charges will be made and forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office,” said Sgt. Ron Hanavan, spokesman for the sheriff’s office in a June 20 news release. “No arrests have been made at this time.”

“We think these kids just went out on a damage spree for one night,” Spurlock said, adding that a tip identifying the vehicle led sheriff’s deputies to the suspects. “They both retained counsel immediately. We could be looking at 20-plus different counts of misdemeanor or felony criminal mischief.”

Grass fires in Castle Pines

Shortly after 4 p.m. on June 12, Douglas County sheriff deputies were dispatched to a residence near the intersection of Castle Pines Drive South and Prospect Drive in Castle Pines on the report of a grass fire. Upon arrival, deputies joined up with Castle Pines Emergency Services who were already on scene putting out three small fires in a mulch-covered area near a house on the 6300 block of Chateau Ridge Road.

Arson investigators determined that smoldering cigarette butts in the mulch had started the fire. The only damage was to the mulch in the resident’s garden. Investigators are not filing charges in the incident. There have been multiple fires in the county started by discarded cigarette butts in recent weeks and authorities are urging residents to take proper precaution when disposing of all butts.

Thefts at county fairgrounds

There were two linked thefts reported outside of the Douglas County Fairgrounds during a horse show on June 13. One theft resulted in a $2,000 Honda generator being taken from outside of a horse trailer in the parking lot as well as a $5,000 saddle that had been sitting on top of the generator. The saddle, a Dale Martin Cutting Saddle, had pro-choice skid boots attached along with engraved silver stirrups. The other theft, reported separately, involved an Eagle Mountain Kyle Jack Saddle, valued at $5,000, and $500 bridals described as “Part Rodeo Tom Balding’s.”

Both victims reported seeing “two skater-looking kids in the area that appeared suspicious.” Both were white males, one of whom had light green basketball shorts and the other who had curly long brown hair and tight green pants on.

Statue stolen in Ranch

A grey and green statue of a long-bearded Asian man was taken from near the front door of a house on the 9600 block of Dunning Circle in Highlands Ranch sometime between June 10 and 12. The “very heavy” statue is over three feet in height and valued at close to $400. There are no suspects or leads in the case.

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