Douglas County Sheriff Briefs


Labor Day DUI arrests down

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office made three arrests for driving under the influence over Labor Day weekend, down from seven in 2012 and six in 2011. Other holiday DUI arrests in 2013 have included one over Memorial Day weekend, three on July 4, and six over New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

“These are the numbers within our agency only and do not count numbers from Colorado State Patrol or the cities,” said DCSO Sgt. Ron Hanavan. “In a perfect world we would have zero arrests and people just wouldn’t do it. ... There are just too many other alternatives out there. Call a cab or a friend, be responsible.”

Elementary school vandalized

There have been multiple reports of criminal mischief at Northridge Elementary School in the 500 block of Southpark Road in Highlands Ranch.

Among crimes reported to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 28: Someone has been getting onto the roof of the school at night and filling the drain pipes with rocks, and a number of trees have been being destroyed on the property. The school has had problems in the past with solar panels and windows being broken as well.

Three pricey bikes stolen

Two mountain bikes, with a combined value of $2,300, were stolen from a rack attached to a 2001 Dodge Durango in the 8500 block of Dove Ridge Way in Parker during the early morning of Aug. 30. A neighbor reported seeing a flatbed truck parked in the driveway behind the Durango at 2 a.m. The owner of the bikes and the Durango had been visiting the Parker home and said that the bikes were secured to the rack with a heavy-duty strap that appeared to have been cut with a sharp object.

On Aug. 30, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the 10200 block of Park Meadows Drive in Lone Tree after a $1,300 Prodeco Technologies Mariner 7 Electric Bicycle was stolen from inside the victim’s apartment building.

Vehicles burglarized, vandalized

There were seven instances of vehicle vandalisms and trespasses reported to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office between Aug. 24 and 28. Two break-ins occurred to vehicles parked in either the 16500 or 16600 block of Oakmoor Place in Parker. Both vehicles were broken into Aug. 25, and items stolen from them ranged from an iPod to a camera to a set of office keys.

In addition, a van parked Aug. 24 in a driveway in the 1000 block of Brittany Way in Highlands Ranch had a rock thrown through its rear window for the third time in the last two years; a truck in the 9700 block of Bucknell Court in Highlands Ranch had thousands of dollars of tools stolen from it between Aug. 24 and 26; a BMW parked in the 8300 block of Winter Berry Drive in Castle Pines was covered in flour, causing between $2,000 and $8,000 of damage to the paint job on Aug. 25; a vehicle had its insurance, registration and license plates stolen while parked Aug. 28 in the 17000 block of Nature Walk Trail in Parker; and a vehicle had its plates removed Aug. 28 from a residence in the 9400 block of Chesapeake Court in Highlands Ranch. 


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