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Wichita police: Would-be robber of Walmart drove off

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at 6:12 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at 8:44 p.m.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the incident date as Tuesday.

Police say a would-be robber likely drove off before a Walmart employee could deliver the cash to him during a phoned-in robbery attempt and bomb threat at the Pawnee and Broadway store Thursday afternoon.

Wichita police Lt. Dennis Wilson said a store employee received the call on a store phone about 2:40 p.m. The caller told the employee to gather money from registers and slip it into a back window of a vehicle in the parking lot that would then drive off.

He also “indicated that there were three explosive devices in the store,” Wilson said.

The employee immediately alerted store management, who contacted police, Wilson said. No one was waiting when the employee tried to deliver the money.

The store, 501 E. Pawnee, is across the street from Wichita police’s Patrol South Bureau. Police think the caller may have driven off when he saw officers, who responded “within about 15 seconds,” Wilson said.

Police found no bombs or suspicious devices in the store, Wilson said. Authorities shut down store entrances to incoming shoppers for about 45 minutes, Wilson said. Those exiting were asked for their names, then were free to leave.

No money was lost and no one was hurt, Wilson said.

“It was just a happy ending,” he said.

Police are looking for a midsize to large gray, four-door vehicle in connection with the incident. A suspect description was not available.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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