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Bikes a hot target for thieves

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that bicycle thefts have increased dramatically in recent months. Apartment complexes, townhome areas and other high-occupancy dwelling areas, as well as houses with garage doors left open, are the most heavily targeted by thieves.

Between April 26 and May 7 the sheriff’s office investigated a minimum of five cases around the county that involved stolen bicycles. In one case a stolen garage door opener was used to gain entry. Some of the bikes have also been taken off front porches despite being locked. When bikes are stolen from inside a garage, home or other structure, the crime is classified as a felony burglary.

The sheriff’s office recommends that people keep their garage doors closed and locked and that if they have to leave their bikes outside, such as on the porch, keep the porch light on at night and use a high-quality theft resistant lock that cannot be cut through with ease. Also, if it is discovered a garage door opener has been stolen, one should change the code so the stolen device can no longer be used.

Foxhill suspect viewed on camera

A suspicious male who attempted to break into two locked vehicles in the 3100 block of Foxhill Place in Highlands Ranch was videotaped on a surveillance camera trying to enter the vehicles at 1:45 a.m. April 26.

The suspect, a white, average-height male wearing a hoodie, drove off in a black or darker-colored, older model Jeep Cherokee.

Landscape lights smashed

Residential landscape lights in the 10800 block of Bobcat Terrace and the 9800 block of Keenan Street in Highlands Ranch were vandalized during the last week of April. The lights at Bobcat Terrace were removed from the property overnight on April 26 and smashed on the street, while the lights at the Keenan Street residence were disconnected and taken sometime after April 22 and before April 29.

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