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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Merriam convenience store robbed

Posted: October 17, 2012 - 4:36am
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
The suspects are described as Hispanic males, both said to be in their late teen's or early 20's. Both men were wearing hooded sweatshirts and armed with handguns. The men reportedly fled the area in a silver passenger car westbound on 67th Street from the scene.

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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