Copper thefts on rise
Between Aug. 19 and 22, Douglas County sheriff’s deputies responded to four calls about crimes by copper thieves around the county, both at construction sites as well as residences.
On Aug. 19, two large copper valves, each with seven feet of copper pipe and brass nipples, valued at $8,300, were removed from a construction site in the 1700 block of Shea Center Drive in Highlands Ranch. No other damage was discovered at the site. More copper was removed from a site on this same block three days later.
On Aug. 19, deputies responded to $2,000 worth of drywall damage in a home under construction in the 7200 block of North Delbert Road in Parker. There was copper sticking out from where the drywall had been damaged, but it was not taken. The victim believes it was either too difficult to remove or the suspects were interrupted and fled.
On Aug. 21, a call came in from a residence in the Acres Green/Aires Court area, in which irrigation equipment made of copper had been stolen. This is the third call in that area in the past few weeks.
Drum set stolen
A drum set was stolen sometime between Aug. 14 and 17 from a Castle Rock garage in the 1400 block of Colt Circle. The owner of the kit was last at the residence on Aug. 14, helping his parents pack and move.
He arrived at the house on Aug. 17 to play the set one last time before moving it to his apartment and noticed it missing. The side door to the garage was unlocked when he arrived, but he said the family had left it unlocked the entire nine years they lived there and nothing like this had happened.
A black and white, Super Silent 7,000-pound generator, valued at $36,500, was stolen from a business parking lot in the 9700 block of North Moore Road in Roxborough sometime either Aug. 17 or 18.
The generator, which was being rented from a Denver company, had four Wagner Cat stickers on it, one on each side, and was on a trailer with a fleet plate from Wagner Rental.