UPDATE: Reward offered after dying woman robbed at drive-thru

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WICHITA, Kan. — A reward is now being offered in connection to the robbery of a dying woman at a Wichita drive-thru earlier this week.

On Sunday, 43-year-old Danielle Zimmerman suffered an aneurysm after she pulled into the parking lot of Taco Bell in the 3700 block of East Harry.

As she lay unconscious in her SUV, someone stole her purse, iPhone and wedding ring. She died at a local hospital the next day.

Earlier this week, children sledding in the area of I-135 and Mt. Vernon found Zimmerman's purse. A credit card and checkbook were still in the purse, but other credit cards, cash, her phone and wedding ring are still missing.

After Zimmerman fell unconscious and hit the speaker box, the restaurant manager looked outside. He saw a man get out of a silver car in front of Zimmerman's SUV, and walk over to her vehicle. The manager then went outside, but the silver car was gone. Police want to speak to this man.

Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is now offering a $2,500 reward for a tip that leads to an arrest in the case.

“Since there were several people trying to help Ms. Zimmerman at the time of the incident, we hope they or someone else might have information about the robber,” said Gordon Bassham, executive director of the Wichita Crime Commission. “There is someone out there who can help solve this crime.”

To submit a tip, call (316) 267-2111 or visit www.WichitaCrimeStoppers.com. Tips can also be submitted by text message to CRIMES (274637), beginning the message with TIP217. Tipsters can remain anonymous.


Previous story - Monday, December 30, 2013:

Police are looking for a thief who stole from a woman suffering from a medical problem at a drive-thru in southeast Wichita. That woman has since died.

The theft happened just before 8 p.m. Sunday at Taco Bell, located in the 3700 block of East Harry.

Employees reported that they found a woman unconscious in her car after she crashed into the speaker box at the restaurant. Police say she had suffered an aneurysm.

When her husband arrived, he noticed that her purse, wedding ring and cell phone were missing. Officers believe someone took them right after the crash.

Danielle Zimmerman, 43, was rushed to an area hospital. Her family told KAKE News doctors took her off life support Monday afternoon and that she has since passed away.

Family members say they don't care about her purse or phone, but they would like to get her wedding ring back.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has other information about the crime is asked to call police.


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