WICHITA — Armed robbers hit four Wichita businesses in the span of about nine hours Thursday, Wichita police said today.
"Three of them may be connected, as the suspects' descriptions seem somewhat similar," Lt. Darras Delamaide said.
Suspects also had handguns drawn in the three similar robberies, Delamaide said.
Police said the first robbery was about 2:40 p.m. at Tee Pee's Smoke Shop, 219 E. Murdock.
A suspect entered the store, pointing a handgun at the 46-year-old female clerk. She filled his bag with money and cigarettes.
The suspect was described as a black male, 28 to 30 years old, 5-foot-8, 200 pounds and wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a black bandanna.
The second robbery was at 5:35 p.m. at the Check Into Cash, 303 N. Hillside.
Two men with handguns entered the store and demanded money from the 28-year-old female clerk, police said. They also robbed a 49-year-old female customer at gunpoint and took her purse.
Police described one suspect as a black male, 6-foot, 180 pounds, wearing a black Air Jordan T-shirt, dark-colored shorts and a gray cap. The second suspect was described as a black man, 5-foot-7 to 5-8, 160 pounds, wearing a gray sweatshirt and dark-colored pants.
Both were armed with semiautomatic handguns, police said.
Thursday's third armed robbery doesn't appear to be connected to the others, Delamaide said.
Police said at about 10:55 p.m. a man entered the Food Mart, 10723 W. Kellogg, and presented a note to a 29-year-old female clerk that indicated he had a handgun, although he didn't display the gun. He took cash, police said.
The suspect was described as an Hispanic male, 5-9, 130 pounds, wearing an oversized black jacket and black pajama pants.
The fourth robbery happened about 11:30 p.m. at a car wash, 3530 N. Woodlawn.
A man was washing his car when two men robbed him at gunpoint and took his dark blue 2008 Dodge Charger. It has 24-inch rims and damage to the front end, police said.
The suspects were driving a Chevrolet Impala. One suspect drove away in the Charger; the other left in the Impala.
Delamaide said the suspects were two men whose descriptions were similar to those in the Check Into Cash robbery.
There were no injuries in the four robberies and police are still investigating.