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Police investigate possible link between two Saturday robberies

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at 2:02 p.m.

Wichita police are investigating two robberies that happened Saturday in the same part of town shortly after one another and may have been committed by possibly the same person, said Sgt. Bart Brunscheen, a spokesman for the Wichita Police Department.

The first robbery happened in the 800 block of South Meridian at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday.

The victim received a phone call from a man who identified himself as “Keaton.”

The caller “wanted to meet him at a gas station in the area of 800 South Meridian in order to sell him some rims and tires,” Brunscheen said. “He told him to bring $600 in cash.”

The victim took along a friend, and the robber pulled a handgun and demanded their cash. The robber then left in a silver, newer model Pontiac G-6.

The robber was described as 22 to 25 years old, 6 feet tall, about 160 pounds and with a scruffy beard. He was wearing a dark blue or a black shirt and had tattoos on his arms.

At 7:25 p.m., a man of a similar description entered the Presto Phillips station in the 500 block of North Seneca. He pointed a black handgun at the woman working in the store and demanded money. The man then took an undetermined amount of cash and was seen running west from the scene.

The store’s video and still photos have been turned over to detectives, Brunscheen said.

No injuries were reported in either robbery.

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