The adage “third time’s a charm” didn’t pan out for a persistent would-be robber who thrice threatened a southeast Wichita laundromat clerk early Sunday morning.
Wichita police Sgt. John Ryan said a 54-year-old employee of Fabric Care Center, 2910 E. Harry, was tending to the store when a man walked in about 4 a.m. and slid a note to him across a counter. The note read “This is a robbery,” Ryan said.
The employee, undeterred by the threat, told the man that he kept a gun under the counter, which prompted the man to leave.
But he returned 15 minutes later — claiming he, too, had a gun, Ryan said — only to depart again after a verbal altercation with the employee.
Ryan said when the man entered the laundromat for the third time about 10 minutes later, he “poured himself a cup of coffee,” retrieved the robbery note from the counter and left. That’s when the employee called 911.
Ryan said Sunday afternoon that no arrests had been made in the case. He said the man sought was in his 50s or 60s. Nothing was taken from the laundromat.
Fabric Care Center sits on Harry near George Washington Boulevard. It’s open 24 hours a day.