Auto theft ring suspect barricaded in Denver warehouse arrested

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Police gather outside of a building in downtown Denver where they say a suspect in an auto theft ring has barricaded himself. (Cody White)

Police gather outside of a building in downtown Denver where they say a suspect in an auto theft ring has barricaded himself. (Cody White)

Police gather outside of a building in downtown Denver where they say a suspect in an auto theft ring has barricaded himself. (Cody White)

Police gather outside of a building in downtown Denver where they say a suspect in an auto theft ring has barricaded himself. (Cody White)

UPDATE, 11:40 AM: Police have apprehended the man without incident.

DENVER — Businesses are being evacuated after a person police believe is involved in an intricate auto theft ring has become barricaded in a warehouse near the Denver Rescue Mission in downtown Denver.

A SWAT team scene was called to the O School Auto Storage warehouse at 2250 Lawrence Street, calling over a bullhorn for the suspect to come out of the building. The individual did not immediately respond, and police were waiting for a search warrant as of 10:30 a.m. to enter the premises.

According to Denver police spokesman John White, the person barricaded inside the building is a suspect involved in a Denver auto theft ring that a task force has been investigating “for months.”

The Denver Rescue Mission and neighboring businesses near the intersection of 22nd Street and Lawrence Street were evacuated as police began dealing with the threat.

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