20-year-old woman arrested, suspected in string of doggie door burglaries

Homeowner chased, caught suspect on Nov. 29

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. - A 20-year-old woman has been arrested, accused in a string of "doggie door" burglaries where the culprit crawled in through the pet door to access the home, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday.

Mackenzie Mavis was arrested on Nov. 29, after a Highlands Ranch homeowner caught her and detained her until police arrived.

The homeowner was sleeping when he was woken up by a burglar, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said. He ran out of the home, chased the suspect, caught up to her and then detained her until officers arrived.

Mavis was taken into custody and faces charges of second-degree burglary, crimes against an at-risk adult, theft, and criminal mischief.

Mavis remains in custody on a $50,000 bond.

The sheriff's office said this is an ongoing investigation and did not release any other information.

Mavis' mug shot was not released until photo lineups are conducted.

The sheriff's office said it is possible there may be additional victims of these kinds of burglaries. Any residents who have experienced this type of burglary is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office  at 303-660-7500.