Douglas County Sheriff’s Briefs
New development vandalized
Four homes under construction in the 9500 block of Firenze Way north of Highlands Ranch Parkway and east of University Boulevard were vandalized sometime between the night of July 4 and the afternoon of July 5.
Roughly $3,000 worth of damage was reported by Shea Homes on the properties, including eight broken windows, several damaged windows and multiple spray-painted interior walls.
Sleepy man foils theft attempt
An attempted vehicle theft in the 5900 block of Cheetah Way in Highlands Ranch went awry shortly before 1 a.m. July 8, when a man who was having trouble sleeping heard what sounded like someone getting in a car on the street in front of his son’s house.
The man had been sitting on the front porch in the dark and noticed a small LED light coming from his son’s car, which was parked out front. He yelled at the suspect, who took off running.
Vigilant neighbor scares teens
At 1:45 a.m. on July 2, five male teens believed to be 18-19 years old were seen attempting to break into numerous vehicles parked in the 700 block of White Cloud Drive in Highlands Ranch.
After being yelled at from a bedroom window by a woman who lives in the neighborhood, the teens jumped in what was either a dark green Pontiac Grand Am or Trans Am and drove off at high speed.
The vehicle had an excessively loud muffler and some of the suspects were wearing knit hats.
Travel agency hacked
Douglas County Sheriff deputies responded to Highlands Ranch Travel July 1 on a call that the agency’s computer system had been hacked and four e-tickets valued at $14,495.20 were stolen.
Two tickets priced at $3,453.80 each were canceled prior to their use, but two other tickets priced at $3,793.80 had been approved and booked for a flight from Dakar, Senegal, to Dubai and then Dubai to China.
Based on the information for the tickets, the unknown suspects were anticipated to still be in Dubai at the time of the call. Attempts to trace an electronic trail back to the suspects and figure out the IP address used to purchase the tickets were underway.