GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (CBS4) – Police are warning residents that someone is breaking into apartments in and around Greenwood Village.
The suspect has hit the Bridgewater Apartments on Boston Street on three separate dates since August, and the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department says it’s looking into eight similar break-ins at nearby complexes.
There have been 16 burglaries in and around Greenwood Village since last month. In one case an apartment manager said the burglar was confronted by a tenant with a gun. The burglar then ran away, but victimized three tenants at her complex nearby.
A footprint on a door is evidence of the bold burglar kicking in doors and grabbing whatever he can.
“I’m so traumatized now because every time I hear a knock on the door I’m just going to think of someone kicking it in,” one victim who only wanted to be identified as Lynn said.
Lynn lives at Bridgewater Apartments. She came home to find her apartment in shambles.
“The door latch opened and there was like broken door frames everywhere,” Lynn said.
Lynn was lucky because she believes the burglar didn’t take anything. However, a safe was broken open and her Social Security card and passports were removed, but left inside the apartment.
“It’s never fun to come home and have your front door kicked in,” victim Mike said.
Mike is Lynn’s neighbor and he was not so lucky. The burglar snatched his iPad and iPhone. He showed CBS4′s Howard Nathan a picture of his front door with the framing snapped off.
“It was secured, I mean he kicked in the front door,” Mike said. “Not much I can do about that other than put something in front of it and I don’t know if even that’s going to stop it.
“Police keep telling us to call 911 if we see anything weird. They don’t care what it is,” Mike said.
“I’m getting pepper spray and watching my surroundings more now than I did before,” Lynn said.
The Arapahoe County sheriff released a sketch of the suspect They reported a burglary Tuesday in the 6400 block of South Dayton. The suspect is described as an African-American male, 20 to 30 years old, 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, short black hair with sideburns and wearing a black backpack with orange reflective tape.