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New program asks auto body shops to report potential hit-and-run suspects

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DENVER -- Denver-area body shops will keep an eye on customers' damaged cars, reporting potential hit-and-run suspects to officers under a new Denver Police Department program.

The program, named the Denver Auto Body Alert, "establishes two-way communication between police and local auto body businesses," DPD said.

Body shop owners who opt in will receive detailed information about suspect vehicles believed to have been involved in hit-and-run accidents, DPD said. If a person brings a similar car with similar damage in for repairs, the shop will contact police before doing any work that could alter potential evidence on the vehicle.

The full scope of the plan will be announced in a press conference Wednesday at Diamond Paint and Auto Body.

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