Two more Wichita businesses – this time gas stations – were hit by armed robbers overnight.
Wichita police Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said robberies around town are on the rise and is asking for the public’s help to find and stop the perpetrators.
The Kwik Shop convenience stores at 2750 S. Oliver and 6327 E. 13th St. were targeted between midnight and 2 a.m. Monday.
Woodrow said in each an armed man and an accomplice went to the stores while employees were inside, demanded money and then fled on foot. Police are investigating the possibility the robberies are connected because the suspect descriptions are similar.
In the South Oliver robbery, which happened at 12:10 a.m., the men got away with about $70 in cash and a brown plastic bag, according to a Wichita police report. During that heist, one man went into the store with a handgun while the other stood outside, Woodrow said.
The suspects in the East 13th store robbery stole about $300, lottery tickets and some Swisher Sweets-brand cigars at 1:33 a.m., another report said. Both went inside but only one had a gun that time.
One of the men who robbed the South Oliver store was described as white, 18 to 21 years old, who wore a black sweatshirt and gray pants and had a handgun. The other wore a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants, Woodrow said.
Both men connected to the East 13th store robbery are described as white 18 to 22 years old, 5-feet-10 to 6 feet tall and have thin builds. One wore a dark green jacket and baseball cap. The other had on a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, gray sweat pants and a baseball cap.
Woodrow said surveillance footage showing the robbers may be posted later on the Wichita Police Department’s Facebook page.
Anyone with information is asked to call Wichita 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 tip leads to an arrest.
“Unfortunately it seems that robberies are on the increase,” Woodrow said Monday.
With the rash of recent hits, police are going to monitor businesses “as closely as they can,” she said.
“But we need the public’s help in these, also. Somebody out there knows these robbers. ... It’s the police and the community’s responsibility to come together to try to solve these.”