Douglas County sheriff’s briefs


Puppies abandoned in trash

Douglas County Animal Law Enforcement officers were called to Highland Heritage Regional Park May 14, where five newborn puppies were found by a citizen in a trash can, one of them dead. The surviving puppies are currently in foster care.

The puppies, estimated to be between three and seven days old when found, are brown and black in color. Anyone with information on who might have abandoned them or knows someone whose dog had a litter of puppies recently that are no longer with the mother is asked to contact the Douglas County Animal Law Enforcement at 303-660-7529 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for any information leading to an arrest or citation issued and the reporting person can remain anonymous.

“This is a senseless act of animal cruelty, and we are hopeful that the public will help bring the individual responsible for this crime to justice,” said Sgt. Erica Dalton with Douglas County Animal Law Enforcement.

Shooting investigation closed

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office completed a three-week investigation into an unintentional shooting involving an off-duty Boulder police officer in Highlands Ranch, and found no probable cause to believe a crime was committed.

On May 3, deputies responded to a report of an accidental discharge resulting in the injury of an adult male outside a residence in the 400 block of Spring Grove Avenue. The gun belonged to the officer.

It was learned that three male friends were working on a vehicle. At the time of the discharge, the victim was seated in the rear of the vehicle with the off-duty officer while the third man was in the trunk, along with the gun. While working on the vehicle, the man in the trunk unintentionally shot the male in the rear seat. As there is no probable cause to believe a crime was committed, the case is now closed.  

Gun permits processed in Ranch

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Highlands Ranch Substation, at 9250 Zotos Drive, is accepting applications for concealed handgun permits, both new and renewed. The substation is accepting applications on Wednesdays only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Concealed handgun permit applications will continue to be processed in Castle Rock, at 4000 Justice Way, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Highlands Ranch applicants will still need to drive to Castle Rock to pick up their permits once the process is completed.

Ranch vandalism continues

Multiple cases involving vehicle trespass, bike thefts, and vandalism were reported all around Highlands Ranch between May 9 and May 20. Incidents included everything from broken vehicle windows; to “tagged” garage doors, houses and cars; to items stolen from parked vehicles; to bicycles being stolen out of open garages.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office asks that people keep their vehicles locked overnight and their garage doors closed and that they report any suspicious behavior immediately. The incidents are taking place all around the community and not in one specific area. To report suspicious behavior, please call 303-660-7505.

Watch stolen from bag

A Highlands Ranch man attending a Zumba class May 12 at Northridge Recreation Center left his gym bag unattended during his workout. Prior to working out he placed a $3,900 Rolex in his bag. When he was done with his workout the watch was missing from his bag.

The Sheriff’s Office and the Highlands Ranch Community Association advise people to lock up their belongings while working out.

Jury scam on rise

A scam that dates back to 2005 is beginning to make its way through Colorado and a handful of other states. Due to the penalties for missing jury duty, scammers are preying on victims’ fear of legal action by pretending to be “jury duty coordinators” and questioning citizens about recent jury duty summons.

The scammers are requesting a Social Security number and date of birth to verify their information. Scammers are then armed to commit identity theft, tax fraud or hack into bank accounts.

To avoid falling victim to this scam, authorities want people to understand that jury duty is always arranged by mailed letters, and never by phone. If a citizen is expecting a summons they are advised to hang up on the caller and get the information directly from their local courthouse or state attorney general’s website.

An official government representative will never make harassing threats over the phone to get information from a citizen, and citizens should never offer up their Social Security number over the phone to an unsolicited caller. 


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