Crime & Courts

‘Shady Kong’ robs QuikTrip for the sixth time in four years, feds say

Samuel L. Vliet, a.k.a. Shady Kong, was charged in federal court with robbing the QuikTrip at Douglas and Rock on July 18. This would be Vliet’s sixth time robbing a QuikTrip in Wichita in the past four years, court records show.
Samuel L. Vliet, a.k.a. Shady Kong, was charged in federal court with robbing the QuikTrip at Douglas and Rock on July 18. This would be Vliet’s sixth time robbing a QuikTrip in Wichita in the past four years, court records show. Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

A man who robbed QuikTrip five times in 2014, and served two years in prison for it, was charged in federal court Wednesday — with robbing another QuikTrip.

Investigators say 25-year-old Samuel L. Vliet, aka Shady Kong, robbed the QuikTrip at Douglas and Rock in Wichita on July 18. The robber wore a red bandana over his mouth when he entered the store and told an employee, “Give me all the money in the register,” according to a release from U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister.

“Really?” the QuikTrip clerk said, and then handed over about $260, court documents say.

The FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, a joint task force with the Wichita Police Department, aided in the investigation. Police lifted fingerprints from the door an employee said the robber touched on his way out of the store. The fingerprints matched Vliet’s, McAllister said in the release.

On July 19, Wichita police found Vliet at an apartment in the 9000 block of East Osie. He let police search his apartment, where they found a T-shirt that matched the description of the shirt worn by the robber and a red bandana, according to a probable cause affidavit in his case.

Vliet told investigators he hasn’t been in that QuikTrip since 2017 and didn’t know how his fingerprints were on the door, the affidavit says.

If convicted, Vliet faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Court records from Sedgwick County list his alias as Shady Kong.

If Vliet is found guilty of robbing the QuikTrip at Douglas and Rock, it will be the fifth different QuikTrip he has robbed in the last four years.

In 2014, Vliet pleaded guilty to five robberies at four different Wichita-area QuikTrips. On Feb. 5, 2014, he robbed the QuikTrip at Harry and Webb. Two days later, he robbed the QuikTrip at 21st and 127th East. On Feb. 8, Vliet robbed three QuikTrips: Harry and Edgemoor, Harry and Webb — again — and Rock and Pawnee.

Vliet was captured following the Rock and Pawnee robbery after slipping and falling on snow and ice when he spotted city and county law enforcement, a police spokesman said at the time.

During Vliet’s 2014 robberies, he wore a bandana over his face and demanded money from the cash register, court records show.

Chance Swaim: 316-269-6752, @byChanceSwaim
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