The high price of a precious metal has thieves wreaking havoc in Highlands Ranch.
All across the metro area, law enforcement agencies are dealing with a jump in the number of copper thefts. In Douglas County, detectives are trying to identify the culprits responsible for cutting out nearly a dozen sprinkler backflow valves from homes on quiet residential streets. The thieves hit Bathurst Way, Cornerstone Lane and Sydney Lane in Highlands Ranch last month, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
Businesses and schools are being targeted; All Souls Catholic School in Englewood was flooded late last month, forcing the school to shut down for a week. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ron Hanavan said equipment is also being stolen from construction sites, we well as parks and recreation areas, and the criminals are using “any means at all” to remove the copper to be resold at scrap metal yards.