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Similarities seen in liquor store robberies

Same person suspected in 2 weekend incidents

May 13, 2008

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Liquor store robberies could be connected

A suspect hits two Lawrence liquor stores over the weekend. Now, police are investigating whether the crimes are connected to other robberies in the city. Enlarge video

Mandy Isaacs was stocking pints and half pints of liquor on a shelf behind the front counter of Harper Corner Liquor on Saturday night when she was caught off-guard.

"The door opens and a half second later, I just heard, 'Give me the money,'" said Isaacs, manager of the store at 2220 Harper St. "I turned around and it was just a guy in all black with a gun."

As she stared down the gun's barrel, Isaacs said she immediately opened the store's two cash register drawers, emptied them into a paper sack and handed it over to the robber.

"I gave him what he wanted and he was in and out pretty quick," said Isaacs, 32.

When the robber left, Isaacs looked outside as he headed north down the street. She said she made eye contact with him through the glass as she went to push the panic button.

About an hour later, the same suspect held up an employee of K.C.'s Liquor, 1805 W. Second St., police said.

A 23-year-old clerk was stocking beer in a cooler near the door of the store about 10:45 p.m. Saturday when the suspect came inside, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money, said Keith Kielman, K.C.'s Liquor owner.

The robberies were the latest in a series of liquor store robberies in Lawrence since New Year's Eve, the night Hird Retail Liquor, 601 Kasold Drive, and Glass House Liquor, 2301 Wakarusa Drive, were held up. Glass House also was robbed April 9.

While police haven't officially connected last weekend's robberies with the rest, Lawrence Police Sgt. Paul Fellers said there are similarities among them.

"Certainly the common thread is the display of a weapon. In each case a weapon was displayed," Fellers said.

In last weekend's robberies, police are looking for a black man, between 5-foot-10 and 6 feet tall, who weighed about 200 pounds. He was wearing a black bandana over his face, a black cap and a black hooded sweatshirt.

Fellers said anyone with information on the crimes should contact detectives at 843-TIPS.

"I would hope that somebody in the community would step forward and say, 'Here's the guy doing it,'" Kielman said. "Obviously if it's the same person : somebody knows and it kind of needs to stop."

Comments

nobody1793 6 years, 5 months ago

"Certainly the common thread is the display of a weapon. In each case a weapon was displayed," Fellers said.Egads, a clue. Actually, if there is no weapon or threat of force, is it even considered robbery? If I walk up to a guy on the street and say 'gimme ten bucks' and he does, that isn't robbery, that's a gift.

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kmat 6 years, 5 months ago

No one at the LJW even knows this city. 1805 WEST 2nd street is back by the Holidome, not in N. Lawrence. Can you guys even make an attempt to accurately report the news???? Try checking you mapping skills - or even better - use Google maps.

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zettapixel 6 years, 5 months ago

Well, if you had a gun, you could always shoot him in the back when he's turning to leave. I hear getting shot in the spine is no fun.

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K_dub 6 years, 5 months ago

I don't see where it says anything about N Lawrence with respect to the liquor store on West 2nd.I'm not seeing anything inaccurately reported.Sounds like the robberies are occuring all over Lawrence.

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Jim Phillips 6 years, 5 months ago

"vpete69 (Anonymous) says: Funny that they failed to say whether the two stores were 'posted' with 'no firearms' signs. I'm going to drive by these places tonight and find out.Oh what fun I'll have tomorrow if they were in fact posted. Like, "OMG, they were posted and a criminal came in with a gun and robbed it! Thats against the law! You mean to tell me that signs dont keep criminals from carrying guns?""beobachter (Anonymous) says: so, pete, what you are saying is: the guy walks in, points a gun at clerk, at this point, clerk says, hey wait i have a gun. let me get it out. so the bad guy waits, lets the clerk get his gun and then continues his robbery attempt. pete, you are a total idiot. someone has a gun on you, you do what he says, period."+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++i thnk we have a new record for the long jump to conclusions!

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Fatty_McButterpants 6 years, 5 months ago

ah...and here comes the "if only the clerk had been carrying! He/she could have blown the perp away" crowd. You guys watch too much TV. Nobody, except Andy Sipowicz, calls someone a "perp."

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Bossa_Nova 6 years, 5 months ago

the robber is obviously stupid. if i were going to rob a liquor store, i would not only take the cash but also a nice big bottle of goose or hennessey or a nice cold six pack of blue moon. what an idiot!

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vpete69 6 years, 5 months ago

Funny that they failed to say whether the two stores were 'posted' with 'no firearms' signs. I'm going to drive by these places tonight and find out. Oh what fun I'll have tomorrow if they were in fact posted. Like, "OMG, they were posted and a criminal came in with a gun and robbed it! Thats against the law! You mean to tell me that signs dont keep criminals from carrying guns?"

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GladImGone 6 years, 5 months ago

"Egads, a clue. Actually, if there is no weapon or threat of force, is it even considered robbery? If I walk up to a guy on the street and say 'gimme ten bucks' and he does, that isn't robbery, that's a gift."You fail on so many levels with that statement. Go ahead and try your theory if you think it's a "gift"

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