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2 armed robberies in Wichita this weekend; police investigating if they’re connected

If you witness a crime, here’s what to do

Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.
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Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.

Two armed robberies occurred over the weekend, and the Wichita Police Department is investigating to see if they are connected.

In the first robbery, at about 3 p.m. on Sunday, a man went into the Express Mart at Phillips 66 in the 500 block of South Market. He attempted to buy a drink, according to a Facebook post from the department.

“The suspect then handed the employee a note demanding all the money from the cash register as the suspect displayed a handgun,” police said.

An employee gave the man money, and the suspect left in a dark-colored SUV. The SUV had “light gray on the front driver side, quarter panel of the vehicle.”

The suspect is about 6 feet tall and in his 30s, police said. He was wearing black clothing.

In the second robbery, at about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, police responded to an armed robbery call at the Dollar General in the 4500 block of East Pawnee, Officer Paul Cruz said during Monday’s news briefing.

When police arrived, an employee said a man came in with a handgun and demanded money. The man was given money before he left on foot, Cruz said.

The man was described as being in his 30s, medium build, about 220 pounds and 5 feet 11 inches tall. He was wearing black pants and a black jacket.

No injuries were reported in either of the robberies.

If you can identify a suspect or if you have any additional information, contact Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111 or robbery detectives at 316-268-4407.

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