Crime & Courts

73-year-old woman faced a robber on Monday, home invasion on Wednesday

A street sign for Coolidge in north Wichita is seen on May 25, 2017.
A street sign for Coolidge in north Wichita is seen on May 25, 2017. The Wichita Eagle

After foiling an attempted robbery in her driveway on Monday, a 73-year-old Wichita woman was the victim of a home invasion early Wednesday morning, according to police.

Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said the woman reported at about 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday that two suspects – one armed with a shotgun – had forced their way into her home in the 1400 block of North Coolidge and demanded property.

According to a police report, the robbers left with about $500 worth of stolen items, including jewelry, a television, a cellphone and $30 in cash. The woman was not injured.

Wichita police reported earlier this week that a masked man confronted the same woman in her driveway on North Coolidge at about 10 p.m. and attempted to rob her. In that robbery attempt, the woman told police she thought the would-be robber had a shotgun.

The victim said she did not have any money with her, which led to the suspect running away to the west, police said. The home – which was locked at the time of the home invasion, according to Woodrow – is near 13th and McLean in the Riverside neighborhood.

Woodrow said that police believe the two cases could be related.

“Officers were out pretty much all day (Wednesday) talking to people in the area,” Woodrow said. “It has to be concerning for the victim, it’s concerning for the police department and I’m sure it’s concerning for the whole community.”

Woodrow said anyone who might have information about the cases or surveillance in the area is encouraged to contact the Wichita Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

Bryan Horwath: 316-269-6708, @bryan_horwath