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Man arrested following Family Dollar robbery

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, March 4, 2013, at 7:41 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, March 4, 2013, at 11:38 a.m.

Alert residents played a key role in the arrest of a suspect following the armed robbery of a Family Dollar store in southeast Wichita on Sunday night, police said.

Citizens called 911 to report that a man appeared to be robbing the store at Lincoln and Woodlawn at about 8 p.m., Lt. Joe Schroeder said. He was armed with a handgun.

A police officer entered the front of the store, and the suspect ran out the back door.

Other officers arrived and set up a perimeter of the surrounding area, Schroeder said. A K-9 unit was brought in and the dog eventually found the man hiding in the common basement of a fourplex in the 800 block of South San Pablo, a few blocks away.

The 21-year-old man was booked into jail. Over the course of the investigation, Schroeder said, a number of accomplices were identified. Investigators are now looking to see if the suspect and his accomplices are linked to other recent robberies of Family Dollar and Dollar General stores.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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