Caught on Camera: Vandals break 24 car, house windows in Highlands Ranch

Investigators ask help in identify 2 young men

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. - Douglas County sheriff's officials are asking the public to help identify two young men caught on video during a vandalism spree in which rocks were thrown through 24 car and house windows in Highlands Ranch last week.

Sheriff's deputies received multiple calls about 12 a.m. Friday from residents saying they'd been awakened by the sound of breaking glass and found someone had hurled rocks through windows in the area of Redhaven Way, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Ron Hanavan.

Arriving deputies found rocks had shattered windows of cars and houses in a 20-block area between Broadway and University and south of C-470.

Hanavan specifically identified locations where damage was reported as the 2900 block of Red Haven Way, the 8400 block of South Sunflower Street and the 1400 and 1500 blocks of Saltbrush Ridge Road.

A home video surveillance camera released by the sheriff's office captured two men shattering the home's front porch window. The video shows a gray or silver Dodge Durango pull up in front of the home and the male driver and male passenger jump out of the SUV.

The passenger hands the driver a rock and the driver throws the rock through the porch window. The video ends with the sound of shattering glass.

The owner of the home, Ray Chan, said, "I heard this tremendous crash, the glass breaking. I heard a car speed off."

Chan got up to find a softball-size rock and shattered glass on the floor of his house.

"It scared me actually. I was just like, 'Wow. Did this really happen?'" Chan told told 7NEWS reporter Marc Stewart. "People could have been hurt."

Chan said he was grateful he had installed the three-camera security system that had been given to him as a gift.

"I'm glad I got them on video, you know. Hopefully, this video will give the police, the sheriff's department some help," Chan added.

As for the vandals, sheriff's officials said the driver was wearing a black/gray T-shirt, black baseball cap on backwards and black shorts. The passenger was wearing an orange or red T-shirt with black shorts. Both appeared to be white males, possibly teenagers.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for any information leading to an arrest, and the reporting person can remain anonymous. Tips can be called into 720-913-STOP (7867) or texted to 274637 (CRIMES). Anonymous tips also can be reported online at http://metrodenvercrimestoppers.com/sample-page/submit-a-tip/ or call the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 303-660-7579.

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