DENVER (CBS4) – Police say a burglar in Jefferson County who has struck several homes in the past week has hopped fences to get into houses, and struck sometimes while residents are home.
Three different neighborhoods were hit in a two day period — Meadow Ranch next to C-470, Powderhorn and Westridge near South Kipling.
Victims told CBS4 the burglar climbed over backyard fences to get access to back doors that were unlocked.
Littleton homeowner Ron Smead lives in his home with his wife and daughter and said Monday morning the burglar targeted their home.
“I was a little mad that I didn’t catch the guy,” he told CBS4.
Every morning Smead’s wife opens the back door while getting ready to go to work so the dogs can run in the back yard. The burglar came in through that open door and grabbed a wallet and a purse.
“He had to know we were home, with lights on, and the door open,” said Smead.
The suspect then apparently got scared when Smead’s largest dog began barking and “going crazy.”
That person then ran out of the home and dropped the purse and wallet outside before hopping the fence. A few dollars were stolen.
“Even something as simple as leaving your door open for your dogs for 15 minutes, it’s not safe anymore, you’ve got to be careful,” Smead said.
Police said it’s a good idea to keep your doors locked, even when you are home.
Officials with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office released the following bulletin on Wednesday:
Anyone with information regarding these crimes are asked to call the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-271-5612.