DENVER - The theft of an iPhone from a woman at Cheesman Park Friday morning triggered a police chase that wound through two cities and ended in the arrest of three men suspected in two early morning burglaries.
The strange set of events began at 6:10 a.m. when a woman called 911 from Cheesman Park and said her iPhone had been stolen, said Denver police spokesman John White, who had initially described the incident as an armed robbery.
Police tracked the cellphone signal to Federal Boulevard and West Alameda Avenue, where officers spotted the suspects in a brown sport utility vehicle, White said.
The SUV took off and the car chase began. Police cars pursued the SUV from Denver into Lakewood and back into Denver. During the pursuit, two people, described as Hispanic teens, jumped out of the vehicle and escaped on foot.
At West Second Avenue and Perry Street, three men bailed out of the SUV and ran, but police apprehended the trio a short time later, White said.
Officers initially set up a perimeter in the area of 2nd Avenue and Perry Street, in the Barnum neighborhood to look for what was described as "armed robbers." Denver Police tweeted at 8:31 a.m. that all the robbery suspects had been taken into custody.
White said the initial investigation leads police to believe the men were involved in two burglaries earlier in the morning -- one at EZPAWN at 5030 S. Broadway in Englewood and the other at The Spot Bar and Grill at 98 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
The SUV they were in was also reported stolen in Denver on Sept. 18, White said.
The name of the suspects have not been released.