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Police searching for suspect in Walmart armed robbery

December 13, 2010

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Lawrence police are looking for a suspect in an armed robbery Monday night at Walmart, 3300 Iowa.

According to Lawrence Police Sgt. Dave Hubbel, the incident occurred about 8:56 p.m. just inside the shopping center. The suspect approached the building's money center and produced a handgun. He demanded money from the clerks working behind the counter. When they were unable to open the cash register drawer, the suspect broke into it and took an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect left the store, entered what Hubbel described as a red or maroon station wagon and fled the scene.

The suspect was described as wearing a hat and scarf that concealed all of his face except his eyes. He was also said to be wearing gloves and a long coat. The suspect vehicle was last seen driving northbound on Ousdahl Road.

No one was injured during the incident and the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the incident can call Lawrence police at 785-832-7650 or leave a tip at the Douglas County Crime Stoppers hotline by calling 785-843-TIPS.

Comments

geekin_topekan 4 years, 6 months ago

OK, I go away for ten days and this place goes to heck.

doc1 4 years, 6 months ago

Not even close to Wichita. The crime rate is still much lower and this city actually has scenery.

Bob Forer 4 years, 6 months ago

Pretty bold to rob Walmart in the middle of the Christmas Season. Lots of people in the store, with the possibility of an off-duty cop or C&C citizen in the vicinity.

Like convenience stores, Walmart has strict polices regarding availabe cash in cash registers, and the possibility of scoring more than a few hundred bucks is not good. But who ever said criminals were versed in risk/benefit analysis.

bearded_gnome 4 years, 6 months ago

The suspect then left the store, entered what Hubbel described as a red or maroon station wagon and fled the scene.

The suspect was described as wearing a hat and scarf that concealed all of his face except his eyes. He was also said to be wearing gloves and a long coat. The suspect vehicle was last seen driving east on 33rd Street and then northbound on Ousdahl Road.

---LOL! "red or maroon station wagon!" let's see, there might be five on the road in lawrence? who drives an actual station wagon anymore?

was this guy time transported from the '70s???

hope they catch this dude quick.

Randall Barnes 4 years, 6 months ago

every year when it gets cold robberies happen.allways have

Sharon Aikins 4 years, 6 months ago

I think it's cause it looks less suspicious to be wearing a coat, hat, gloves and a scarf then. Shorts and sunglasses aren't nearly as good a disguise.

crissamber 4 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, when I found out, I was on clock at the other Walmart across town. Just so happens I was working in our customer service/money center, the thought of the guy possibly coming to us was super scary.

FarneyMac 4 years, 6 months ago

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Rebecca Valburg 4 years, 6 months ago

If this was a regular occurrence (i.e. one worth quitting a job over), I suspect it wouldn't have made the news.

I suspect that the worst part about crissamber's job is having to deal with those individuals that are condescending to him/her because it's fashionable to think that at the very least, you're classier than they are, because at least you don't work at Wal-Mart (and thus, it's very important to remind them of that every time you deal with them, whether it be at work, or in the comment section of a news story).

Quite a few people work at Wal-Mart because they are students and like the flexibility, own their own business and like the insurance (contrary to popular belief, it's pretty good, and Wal-Mart is one of the only companies that will let you have it even if you're just part-time), have spouses that bring in enough that they just work to get out of the house/have spending money of their own . . . or gasp because shhhhh, don't tell, but Wal-Mart actually has some decent-paying jobs, and they're either already making more there than they could be with their degree(s), or they're planning on working their way up. And of those that aren't in the above scenarios, you really never know what a person's life story is, and how they ended up where they are . . . so it's best not to judge. I know at that particular store, there's a guy that had a fabulous technology career, and gave it up for a job at Wal-Mart, because the insurance was good, and he wanted that, and the extra time the job allowed him, for his dying wife.

Maybe you should re-evaluate your own life, and figure out what's missing that makes you feel so compelled to judge the lives of others.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 6 months ago

I personally knew a guy that was worth a million bucks, and he worked as a Wal Mart greeter - just for something interesting to do.

somedude20 4 years, 6 months ago

I bet this fine chap was just getting some money so he could provide his family with the Christmas that they deserve

Sharon Aikins 4 years, 6 months ago

You suppose he's shopping at Walmart? Would be funny.

somedude20 4 years, 6 months ago

no, he does not like the customer base at Wal-Mart rather I think he is a Target shopper

jeffds01 4 years, 6 months ago

I was in wal-mart while this happened, had just gotten to the check out registers when first police were running in the door. Crazy to think I could have tackled him and been a hero if I would have checked out five minutes earlier...haha NOT! - anyway....

Friendly wal-mart employee, informed me that every cash register has up to $5,000, and the money center has up to $10, 000 at one time, that's more than the cash limits at the bank I used to work at. I bet Wal-Mart is glad I wasn't planning a robbery or anything, considering the check out clerk told me everything I needed to know....

The police responded very quickly, but looked like ducks out of the pond in Wal-Mart, because they had no idea where to start.....

Randall Barnes 4 years, 6 months ago

police have been sitting on the red wagon since midnight and they are still there.

yankeevet 4 years, 6 months ago

Tis the Christmas season...........lock and load........

irvan moore 4 years, 6 months ago

he shoulda stolen a hoodie while he was there so he could be properly attired for his next robbery.

xr650rsource 4 years, 6 months ago

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whatupdown 4 years, 6 months ago

Maroon Ford Taurus Wagon, Topeka/Lawrence?

bearded_gnome 4 years, 6 months ago

autie (anonymous) says…

I'm with B_G on this one. Just how many red/moron station wagons are in the area? Unless it was Clark Griswold, LPD should wrap this one up by the end of the morning shift.

December 14, 2010 at 9:05 a.m.

---love the misspell thar Autie Cuzin! LOL!!!

guess the moron wagon tellet on him.

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