Vandals target lamp posts in Franktown

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Vandals have caused thousands of dollars in damage to lamp posts in the Franktown area.

Deputies responded to at least five incidents of criminal mischief within one neighborhood Feb. 8-9, said Sgt. Ron Hanavan, spokesman for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

One reporting homeowner on White Tail Drive said that two lights posts at the main entrance to their driveway were knocked over. She estimated that each light would cost $150 to replace. Lights on a stone lamp post a few houses down were also broken, and yet another caller on White Tail Drive reported that five copper lamps were knocked off their poles, causing roughly $1,000 in damage.

Vandalism was also reported one block over on Deerfield Road. That homeowner returned from a weeklong vacation Feb. 8 to find footprints in the snow on his driveway. He then noticed that the glass in two light fixtures on his garage had been shattered. He estimated the value of each fixture to be $100.

All of the homeowners denied having any issues with a neighbor and said they could not think of anyone who would have reason to damage their property. Investigators did not have any suspects when the reports were generated.

“We have criminal mischief, but they generally don’t go after light posts and stuff like that,” Hanavan said. “With that type of activity, it typically ends up being juveniles involved.”

Days earlier, deputies were called to investigate graffiti on a power box and a PVC pipe at Burning Ridge Drive and Burning Tree Trail. The word “KINO” and the number 25 were spray-painted.

On Feb. 12, two residents in eastern Douglas County on E. Chinook Trail, near Hilltop Road and Singing Hills Road, reported that their mailboxes had been damaged by vandals.

Deputies looked up information on a red GMC that was abandoned nearby. The registered owner was contacted by phone and said the vehicle no longer belonged to him and was being used by a friend. It was impounded because it was deemed a traffic hazard and had expired plates.

Hanavan said residents should call 911 when they see something suspicious.

“Be a good neighbor. If you go to the sink for a drink of water, look outside,” he said. “It’s the neighborly thing to do and it’s also a good way to prevent crime.”