Second Wichita-Area Fireworks Tent Robbed

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Update: Friday, June 29, 2012

Another robbery of a fireworks tent in Sedgwick County is under investigation.

Goddard Police responded to a robbery that happened Thursday around 11:45 p.m. at the fireworks tent, located at the corner of 167th Street West and Kellogg.

The fireworks stand owner, Jerry Farha, said that one of his security guards saw two men in a dark SUV pull up and then pull out a revolver.

His employee described the suspects as two Hispanic males. One of the suspects held his employee at gunpoint. The other suspect, wearing clown face paint, went inside and took nearly $1,000 worth of fireworks.

As the robbers got into their vehicle, the security guard pulled out his gun and shot three bullets at them. Police recovered the casings but are not sure if he hit the suspects or the vehicle.

"Taking advantage of our goodwill like that is very upsetting and then to come in and steal fireworks at gunpoint is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard," said Farha.

Goddard Police Chief Sam Houston believes this case is connected to the robbery that happened on Wednesday night in Derby.

Derby Police said three men came to a fireworks stand near 63rd and K-15, pulled a gun, and took fireworks from the establishment. One of the suspects is being described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, who is tall with a medium build.

"There is quite a bit of distance between Goddard and Derby. However, it's a mobile society," Houston said. "What is more concerning is that a lot of these fireworks stands are staffed by kids."

If you have any information about these cases, call 911. You can also call Wichita/Sedgwick County CrimeStoppers at 316-267-2111 or Dery CrimeStoppers at 788-TIPS. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward and nobody will ever ask your name.

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