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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Convenience store robbed for second time in five days; third time since February

Posted: May 14, 2013 - 2:01am
Updated: May 14, 2013 - 10:05am

TempStop Convenience Store, 13515 W. 63rd Street
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Shawnee Police are investigating another armed robbery this morning.

A statement  from Shawnee Police says that an officer patrolling the area around 1:50 Tuesday morning when he noticed that he could not see the clerk of the TempStop convenience store at 13515 W. 63rd Street. As the officer parked his patrol car, he was approached by the clerk who had his arms restrained in zip ties behind his back and reported that the store had been robbed.

This morning's incident is the third robbery since February. The store has only been in business for about six months. The first robbery occurred on February 12, 2013, the second occurred around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, May 9th. Operation 100 News is the only media outlet that has reported all three robberies.

In a statement released around 9 a.m., Police say that the suspect is a black male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a slender build. He was wearing a black hoodie, black pants, black gloves, sunglasses, and had a black bandanna covering his face.

Police say the suspect approached the clerk while displaying a silver or dark gray revolver and demanded cash from the register. Before leaving, the suspect told the clerk to lie down and used zip ties to handcuff the clerk's arms behind his back. The suspect left on foot and no vehicles were seen. The clerk was not injured.

A K-9 unit from the Lenexa Police Department conducted a brief track which led behind the business where it ended, indicating the suspect probably got into a vehicle.

Shawnee Police Department Major Bill Hisle tells Operation 100 News that "there are similarities in motive to the May 9th robbery," but it is not believed to be the same man.

A source with knowledge of the investigation tells Operation 100 News that Kansas City, Kansas Police and Shawnee Police are investigating a possible connection between the Shawnee robberies and similar cases in Kansas City, Kansas. The latest Kansas City, Kansas robbery occurred at a convenience store near Interstate 435 and Leavenworth Road. In that robbery the clerk was also handcuffed with zip ties.

Regarding the Shawnee robberies, Major Hisle tells Operation 100 News, "this is the third robbery this particular clerk has been a victim of. We are currently exploring the possibility of these robberies being connected to other robberies in the metro, but nothing definitive has been determined as of right now."

Aerial image of the store's location
Northwest corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Pflumm Road
Anyone with information on either robbery of the business is asked to call Shawnee Police at 913-631-2155 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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