Suspects sought in series of Wichita robberies

Armed robbers struck four Wichita businesses in a span of about nine hours this week, and some of the robberies could be linked.

"Three of them may be connected, as the suspects' descriptions seem somewhat similar," Wichita police Lt. Darras Delamaide said Friday.

Suspects also had handguns drawn in the three similar robberies, he said.

There were no injuries in the four robberies, and police are still investigating.

While the rash of robberies made for a busy day for police, Lt. Joe Cutcliff said, "Actually, that's not unusual."

Cutcliff, who heads up the robbery division, said Thursday's spree involved "a few more businesses than normal. But we have potentially multiple robberies every day."

Thursday's robberies began at mid-afternoon and continued until shortly before midnight. They were spread across the city — downtown, east side, west side and northeast.

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 man, 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 man, 6 feet tall, 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-foot-8, 160 pounds, wearing a gray sweatshirt and dark 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 a Food Mart convenience store, 10723 W. Kellogg. He presented a note to a 29-year-old female clerk that indicated he had a handgun, although he didn't show one. He took cash, police said.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, 5-foot-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 at 3530 N. Woodlawn.

A man was washing his car when two men robbed him at gunpoint and took his 2008 Dodge Charger. It is dark blue with 24-inch rims and a damaged front end, police said.

The suspects were driving a gold Chevrolet Impala with no hubcaps. 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.