"Doggie door" burglaries suspect in custody

By Andrea Sinclair Published: December 4, 2013 | 3:35 pm 0

A Douglas County woman was arrested in connection with a string of "doggie door" burglaries, accused of crawling through pet doors to enter homes.

Mackenzie Mavis, 20, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, crimes against an at-risk-adult, theft and criminal mischief, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Mavis was booked into the Douglas County jail and held on a $50,000, records show.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputies had been on alert after a recent series of home burglaries in which the culprit crawled through pet doors to steal from residences.

On Nov. 29 a Highlands Ranch homeowner was awakened when someone fled the residence through the front door, the sheriff's office said. The homeowner caught up with the suspected burglar, identified as Mavis, and held her down until officers arrived.

The sheriff's office said in a press release Wednesday that the investigation could uncover additional victims.

Anyone with information can call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at (303)660-7500.

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