Authorities are searching for two armed men who broke into a house early Tuesday and then took one of the occupants to a coin and precious metals business, where they stole cash and property worth more than $175,000.
The men broke a window to get into the house in the 800 block of North Stagecoach about 3 a.m. Tuesday, Sedgwick County sheriff’s Lt. Lin Dehning said. That’s near Central and 143rd Street East in eastern Sedgwick County.
The 71-year-old man and 69-year-old woman who live there were sleeping, Dehning said. One suspect took the man to his business, Heartland Coin Gallery on Greenwich Road, while the other held the woman at the house.
At the business, the suspect took cash, coins and weapons worth at least $175,000, Dehning said. The stolen property included seven guns: three .38 revolvers, two 9mm handguns and two .22 rifles. The suspect also took “a bunch of scrap jewelry,” he said.
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“It was quite a substantial robbery,” Dehning said.
The suspect then took the man back to his house, and the two robbers left in the couple’s burgundy 2005 Lexus 330. That car was found Tuesday night, Dehning said, but authorities don’t know where the suspects are.
One is described as white, 30 to 35 years old, 5-foot-8 to 6 feet tall, about 240 pounds with an athletic build. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a black North Face brand sweatshirt with white writing, black pants, black gloves, a black cap and a black ski mask with only an eye opening.
The second man is described as black and in his 30s, 5-foot-5 with a stocky build. He could be named Mike or Mark. He was wearing black clothing, a black ski mask and black gloves.
Anyone with information about the robbery or suspects is asked to call 911, sheriff’s investigators at 316-660-5300, or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.
Neither occupant of the house was injured in the incident, Dehning said.
The owner of the business did not want to talk to media on Wednesday, a family member said, adding that he wanted time to heal.