Police: Man tries to open cash registers at Dillard’s, Kmart with screwdriver

A 65-year-old man was arrested Saturday night after he tried to pry open a register at a south Wichita Kmart, police said.

He was later linked to a similar incident at the Dillard’s in Towne East Square earlier Saturday that left an employee bloodied, Lt. Doug Nolte said Monday.

The Dillard’s employee saw the man trying to open a register with a flathead screwdriver shortly before 5 p.m. in Towne East. When confronted by the employee, the man came at him with the screwdriver, Nolte said.

The employee suffered a large scratch on his back from the screwdriver and alerted an off-duty Butler County sheriff’s officer who was providing security at the store. The off-duty deputy pursued the man out of the store and drew his gun in an attempt to prevent him from driving off, Nolte said.

But the man did not stop and left the mall. The off-duty deputy was able to get a vehicle description and tag number, Nolte said.

A Kmart loss prevention officer confronted the same man at the store at 4830 S. Broadway on Saturday night as the man tried to open a register shortly after 8 p.m.. The man claimed to have a gun, Nolte said, but the officer never saw one and took him into custody as he tried to leave.

As authorities were investigating the incident, they recognized the man’s vehicle from the tag number provided by the off-duty deputy earlier in the day.

After questioning, the man was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail.