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TV sale scam turns into home robbery, police say

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at 2:37 p.m.

Wichita police were offering a word of caution Sunday after a 49-year-old woman reported she had been robbed.

On Saturday afternoon, her husband went to the Presto gas station in the 2300 block of S. Seneca and while there, he was approached by a 25 to 27-year old man who asked if he would like to buy a large-screen Panasonic TV for $150, police said.

The husband called his wife on his phone and she told him she was interested.

The man was then given the couple’s home address.

When he arrived at the address in the 1500 block of N. Gentry on Saturday, the man knocked the woman down and took her money, leaving a broken TV behind.

“I wouldn’t buy anything from somebody you don’t know that you meet a public location or offer to have them come to your house,” said Sgt. Bart Brunscheen, spokesman for the Wichita Police Department. “If the situation comes up, let us (police) talk with the individual that seems to be selling a high priced item for a low amount of money.”

The woman was not injured.

Police are investigating the incident as a robbery, Brunscheen said. The man was driving a red and white pickup truck.

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