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Man Describes Encounter With Suspected Serial Robbers

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Aaron Johnson talks with CBS4's Brooke Rogers on March 20, 2012. (credit: CBS)

Aaron Johnson talks with CBS4’s Brooke Rogers on March 20, 2012. (credit: CBS)

CASTLE PINES, Colo. (CBS4) – Robbers are on a crime spree through Douglas County that stretches back to last year.

The criminals have hit dozens of homes in Castle Pines, Highlands Ranch, Parker and Lone Tree.

Police have sent out crime bulletins warning residents about the criminals. The thieves typically back their car into the garages of the homes they target, making for a quick getaway.

Castle Pines resident Aaron Johnson says he heard some rustling while he was home recently and saw the robbers face-to-face.

“As I was getting towards the stairs, one guy was coming up the stairs and as soon as he saw me they both ran out,” Johnson said. “As soon as I saw him running away from me, I was like ‘Oh, they are robbing my house.’ “

Police are asking residents to keep their eyes open for the suspects and also to keep their doors locked and garage doors closed.

“We do want to catch these individuals,” said Sgt. Ron Hanavan with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department. “Anybody that’s brazen enough to go into a house, we obviously go with the assumption that they are dangerous individuals.”

“I could just imagine the whole house wrecked, most things gone,” Johnson said.

Johnson’s mother, Karen, is glad her son never found out just how dangerous the criminals could be.

“He said, ‘I think you’re making too much out of this.’ I said, ‘No, we’re talking about personal safety.’ I said things could be replaced, people can’t,” Karen Johnson said.

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