Wichita police investigate 8 weekend robberies

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Police on scene of one of three convenience store robberies Sunday morning on the Southeast side of town. Police on scene of one of three convenience store robberies Sunday morning on the Southeast side of town.
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police are investigating eight armed robberies that happened over the weekend and have arrested two teenagers for three of them.

Here are the details, according to Officer Charley Davidson:

  • 7:45 p.m. Saturday - Officers responded to an armed robbery at the Kwik Shop at 710 West 29th Street South. An employee told them a suspect entered the store pointed a handgun at her and demanded money. She gave the suspect and undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect left on foot.
  • 8:15 p.m. Saturday - Police were called to the report of an armed robbery at the Kwik Shop at 3959 South Hydraulic. Two women working there told officers a suspect entered, pointed a handgun and demanded money. An undisclosed amount of cash was given to the suspect who left on foot.
  • 8:25 p.m. Saturday - Armed robbery reported at the Kwik Shop at 3601 East 47th Street South. The case is being investigated by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office in partnership with WPD investigators.
  • 8:35 p.m. Saturday - Officers responded to a robbery at the QuikTrip at 2821 East 31st Street South. An employee reported a suspect went into the business, pointed a handgun and demanded money. Again, an undisclosed amount of cash was given to the suspect who left on foot.

Wichita police believe these four robberies are connected. The suspect was described as an unknown race male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with a large Nike emblem on the front, gray sweatpants, dark shoes, gloves and a skull or monkey mast with white teeth. 

On Sunday, police arrested a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy in connection to three more armed robberies that day. The robberies happened at:

  • Kwik Shop at 2750 South Oliver at 7: 54 a.m.
  • Phamily Express at 1203 East Pawnee at 8: 33 a.m
  • American Gas at 1601 South Hydraulic moments later

Officer Davidson said officers developed leads which led them to the arrests. Both teens were booked into juvenile detention for three counts of aggravated robbery. 

The last robbery happened at around 6:45 p.m. Sunday at the Subway at 2533 South Seneca. A 16-year-old employee told officer a suspect entered the business, pointed a handgun and demanded money. Cash was taken by the suspect who left on foot. 

The suspect was described as a thin 20-to-30-year-old white man standing about 5-foot-6. He wore blue jeans, a gray hoodie, black jacket, black gloves and was armed with a black and gray handgun.

No one was hurt in any of the robberies. Anyone with information is asked to call WPD detectives at (316) 268-4407 or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111. 

Wichita police offered the following robbery safety tips:

  • Employees should remain alert and observant
  • Be watchful of suspicious activity
  • Call 911 if suspicious activity is seen
  • Keep cash at a minimum by using money drops and time safes
  • Have a plan if a robbery occurs
  • Have safety meetings to discuss the plan
  • Obtain suspect and suspect vehicle descriptions
  • Utilize alarm systems
  • Keep the business well lit
  • Keep cash registers visible from outside the store
  • Call 911 immediately if a robbery occurs
  • Lock the doors and do not touch anything

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