Crime & Courts

Latest crime may be work of coverall-clad robber

Wichita police seek this suspect in a Friday morning robbery at a Walgreens.
Wichita police seek this suspect in a Friday morning robbery at a Walgreens. Courtesy photo

It appears the coverall-clad robber has struck again.

Wichita police said Friday a man wearing black coveralls and hooded sweatshirt stole cash from the Walgreens at 3333 E. Central after walking in at around 2:35 a.m. and demanding an employee turn over money.

The description police gave of the robber responsible for this latest incident is similar to that of the man who robbed the nearby Taco Bueno and Subway restaurants during the daytime last week.

The method of Friday’s robbery is also similar to the previous two, Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said Friday:

The robber says he has a gun, but he never shows it. He demands employees turn over money from the register then runs from the business afterward. He appears to head south and west into a nearby neighborhood.

On Friday he got away with $367.86 from Walgreens, according to a police report.

About $100 was taken from Subway, 410 N. Hillside, on Jan. 18. He took $200 from Taco Bueno, 427 N. Hillside, on Jan. 16.

Woodrow described the suspect in Friday morning’s heist as a black man, about 6 feet tall with a medium build, wearing black overalls, a black hooded sweatshirt, a gray insulated coat and a black hat.

Police posted photos from Friday’s robbery on their Facebook page.

If you recognize the man in the photos or have any information about the robberies, you are asked to call 911, police at 316-268-4407 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. Crime Stoppers tipsters remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest.

Police are discouraging people from approaching the robber if he’s spotted.

He should be considered armed and dangerous even though he’s not displayed a weapon at any of the businesses, Woodrow said.

“He has his hand in his pocket and indicates that he does have a firearm on him” when he’s robbing the businesses. “We don’t know what he’s capable of doing.”

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