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Car theft suspect arrested at Littleton gas station

Gas station workers spotted the man early Thursday morning attempting to turn the ignition of an SUV with a screwdriver, according to police.

LITTLETON, Colo. — A man who was seen trying to use a screwdriver to turn in the ignition of an SUV at a Littleton gas station faces charges of theft and assault on a peace officer, according to the Littleton Police Department (LPD).

Officers responded to the Circle K in the 3600 block of West Bowles Avenue around 4:45 a.m. Thursday after employees reported that a Chevy Blazer had been parked in front of a gas pump for an extended period of time.

RELATED: 11 people accused of stealing more than 130 vehicles as part of theft ring

Employees also reported that they saw a man inside the SUV trying to turn the ignition with a screwdriver, LPD said.

When officers arrived, the SUV was running but still parked in front of the gas pump. LPD officers identified the SUV as stolen and used a procedure called Swift Vehicle Immobilization (SVIM) to prevent it from moving.

Credit: LPD

They approached the driver's side, identified themselves as officers and repeatedly asked the man inside to step out, according to LPD.

He refused and there was a struggle before officers eventually arrested Adam Kirk Russell, 39.

He faces the following charges:

  • Second-degree assault on a police officer
  • Second-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft
  • Resisting arrest

RELATED: Denver metro averaging nearly 100 stolen cars a day, according to report

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