ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — The Adams County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) is investigating an attempted burglary at an auto body shop in the 5900-block of Marion Drive on the north side of the Denver metro area.
According to Sgt. Adam Sherman with ACSO, multiple suspects were seen at the shop around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, ramming the rolling door to the shop.
Deputies were dispatched to the scene and the suspects left the scene in multiple vehicles. ACSO began to chase the suspect vehicles from the scene, southbound on I-25 before calling off the chase due to safety concerns near 48th Avenue.
Sherman did not have descriptions of the suspects or the vehicles used involved in the incident, but Dave Guttenberg, a Denver car dealer, said the car that knocked down the body shop's garage door was one of nine cars stolen from his dealership before the business opened early Monday morning.
According to Guttenberg, surveillance video showed an SUV barreling backward through one of his dealership's garage doors, then three people – two men and a woman – making their way through the showroom.
"It's so disheartening to see them running through here and just taking everything as if it was theirs," Guttenberg said.
Guttenberg said five of the nine stolen cars have been recovered and that he saw a sixth one on the news Tuesday morning: A late-model black BMW that was used to knock down the garage door of the auto body shop in Adams County.
"I can’t even understand what they’re doing with these vehicles, to damage businesses only to dump them again, so it seems like a quick joyride that’s really expensive," Guttenberg said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or visit metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.
Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers is notified at the conclusion of the investigation.
From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted.
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