Updated: October 18, 2012 - 8:16am
Merriam Police are investigation after two men robbed the gas station near 67th Street and Interstate 35. The robbery was dispatched to officers at 4:08 a.m. at 9500 W. 67th Street.
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Google Earth view of the initial robbery scene
9500 W. 67th Street, Merriam, Kansas
A witness told Police that the suspect vehicle ran the railroad crossing gates just as a train was approaching.
Shawnee Police received a report that a man with a handgun entered the QuikTrip store at 6637 Nieman Road. The man reportedly walked into the store and immediately ran back outside. An officer arrived at that scene to learn that a customer was the only witness, and that customer had left the area.
Around 4:20, a Shawnee officer reported a silver car traveling at a high rate of speed near W. 69th Street and Switzer Road. The officer lost sight of the vehicle and then spotted it crashed into a parked vehicle in a driveway in the 10100 block of W. 69th Terrace in Merriam. That officer reported a Hispanic male running southbound from the vehicle. Unconfirmed reports indicated officers have located a handgun inside the now crashed vehicle.
The crashed vehicle that one man was seen running from is also reported to have been the suspect vehicle in a Hit-and-Run accident in Kansas City, Kansas earlier in the night.
Shawnee, Merriam and Overland Park Police established a perimeter in the area and searched for the suspect with the assistance of the Shawnee Police Department's K-9 unit. Officers concluded their area search at 5:53 a.m.. Both suspects remain at large.
At 6:10, Merriam Police reported that they have located the cash drawer near the intersection of W 67th Street and Farley Street, about one-quarter of a mile west of the robbery scene.
Anyone with information is asked to call Police or contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
This incident was reported to the public by Operation 100 News on Twitter at 4:13, after Police had arrived and confirmed that the suspects were no longer in the area. No mention by any other news media.
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