Crime & Courts

Man who robbed Wichita QuikTrips multiple times caught after he touched glass door

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 Wichita QuikTrips was caught a second time after he touched a glass door.

Samuel L. Vliet, 26, of Wichita, pleaded guilty to one count of robbing a commercial business, U.S. Attorney Stephan McAllister said in a release. Vliet admitted in his plea that on July 18 he robbed the QuikTrip at 110 S. Rock.

Vliet, aka “Shady Kong,” served two years in prison after a 2014 arrest string of five QuikTrip robberies. Wichita police had said at the time that he was captured after he slipped and fell on snow and ice when he spotted city and county law enforcement who, on a hunch, had been waiting for him following one of the robberies.

The most recent time he robbed one of the gas stations, on July 18, he was arrested after he left a fingerprint behind on a glass door, a detective said in an affidavit filed in federal court.

Vliet went to the QuikTrip with a red bandana over his mouth and demanded money from the register, the clerk told police after the robbery, court documents state. His bandana slipped off his mouth as he demanded the money, and the clerk was able to identify the robber from a photo array.

He had also worn a bandana over his face during the 2014 robberies.

Vliet, who made off with an estimated $260 in the robbery, faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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