Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver / Feb. 2, 2023
(Lone Tree, Colo.) The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office seeks criminals who allegedly broke into at least 20 vehicles at two Lone Tree apartment complexes on Jan. 30.
According to the Sheriff’s Office it appears the team targeted Honda and Hyundai vehicles, entering the vehicles mainly by punching in door locks. The two apartment complexes are located along Park Meadows Drive in unincorporated Douglas County.
Detectives believe the thieves could have begun breaking into vehicles as early as 9:45 p.m. on Jan. 29.
One of the suspects appears to be a thinly-built white male, and the team was driving a silver or gray Kia Sportage. Detectives stated the Kia was likely stolen.
Anyone with information about the suspects or the crime is asked to call Detective Tom Vondra at 303-784-7879 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Report any other suspicious activity to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s non-emergency phone line: 303-660-7500.
Residents are reminded to take all valuables out of their cars to make the vehicle less appealing to a thief.
“Many crimes occur when the suspect sees something of value inside the vehicle and breaks in,” the office reminded citizens.
Douglas County recorded 627 vehicle thefts last year, compared with 623 in 2021, according to the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority’s Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force 2022 annual report. According to law enforcement, many car thefts facilitate other crimes, including burglaries and ID thefts.
Colorado remains the nationwide leader in auto thefts, with these reports increasing 86% from 2019 to 2021.
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