Overnight incident reported at Valero convenience store

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Early Thursday morning, Wichita Police were called to reports of an armed robbery at the Valero at Central and Ridge, but found a different story when they arrived.

"The clerk went to the trashcan to dump out some trash, and one of the customers inside broke into the gaming machines located in the business," said Sergeant Kennheh Kimble.

Police are still investigating whether the suspect was able to get away with any money. While this incident may be less serious than originally thought, the overnight hours are a popular time for crimes at convenient stores.

Speaking from experience, gas station owner and manager Kulwindei Jaswal says there are some things the customer can do to protect themselves, and it starts before they even step in the door.

"They should keep their car not running, they should shut them off, lock them up before they get into the store," Jaswal said.

Lieutenant Doug Nolte recommends practicing good situational awareness. He says to be aware of any suspicious people hanging around buildings or bushes, develop an emergency plan, and determine where the exits are.

"Things like watching your surroundings, making sure that you're keeping your head up, looking around, and that you're not in daydream mode where you're in autopilot," Nolte said.

But the best advice police say they have for overnight customers is to try to avoid putting yourself in that situation altogether, and maybe wait to fill up during the daylight hours.

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