Lawrence police are seeking two suspects today in connection with the robbery of one Lawrence business late Tuesday and the attempted robbery of another business early this morning.
According to police reports, a robber who wore purple pantyhose over his head and carried a small handgun entered Baskin-Robbins, 1524 W. 23rd, at about 10:03 p.m. Tuesday. The robber ordered the clerk, a 21-year-old Lawrence man, to get on the floor.
The clerk, who was the only person in the store, was not hurt, police said.
The robber took an undetermined amount of cash from the register and told the clerk to stay on the floor while he left through the east door of the business. The clerk told police he did not see the robber's car but thought the robber may have driven north.
Police Sgt. Mark Warren said the Baskin-Robbins incident is not being linked to an attempted robbery early this morning at Town and Country Market, 501 W. Ninth. Warren said the descriptions of the robbers and the incidents were not similar enough to connect the two incidents.
Two store clerks working at Town and Country told Lawrence police that a man walked into the business about 5:46 a.m. today and started spraying mace at them and demanding money from the cash register. No one was injured.
Although the clerks said the suspect did not show them a weapon, one clerk said the suspect may have been concealing a gun in his pocket. According to police, a store patron drove up to a gasoline pump at the store and the robber fled before obtaining any money.
The patron told police he saw the suspect run south down an alley between Ohio and Louisiana streets.
Police who searched the alley found a black shaggy wig, an orange stocking cap, a green trench coat, sunglasses, brown gloves and white tennis shoes.