Archive for Monday, November 29, 2010

Lawrence police asking for public’s help in finding Zarco 66 robbery suspect

Lawrence police asked for help in finding a suspect accused of robbing the Zarco 66 store at 1415 W. Sixth St. Police described the suspect as a black male, 5-foot-6, with a medium build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored jeans. Sgt. Matt Sarna said he also had a small amount of facial hair on his chin.

November 29, 2010, 5:36 p.m. Updated November 29, 2010, 6:02 p.m.

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Lawrence police asked for assistance late Monday afternoon in finding a suspect accused of robbing the Zarco 66 store at 1415 W. Sixth St.

Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman, said the suspect entered the store at 10 a.m. Sunday and demanded money from the cash register while he displayed a handgun.

“The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and left the store southbound on foot,” Sarna said.

Police described the suspect as a black male, 5-foot-6, with a medium build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored jeans. Sarna said he also had a small amount of facial hair on his chin.

Police released surveillance video and photographs of the suspect from the store Monday afternoon.

“We stress it to businesses whether they are new or existing ones that they always have a working video system and something that we can use,” Sarna said. “The best things you can get out there are pictures to the public to help us identify suspects.”

The store’s owner said it has the video surveillance equipment in place as one of its safety measures to guard against robberies. In addition to turning the video over to police, Zarco 66 owner Scott Zaremba said clerks have limited access to cash at the store.

Much of it is stored in safes they can’t access, and he said the suspect on Sunday didn’t get much money out of the robbery.

“Our big deal is making sure all of our people are safe,” Zaremba said. “Once somebody tries that once, then they figure out there’s no money there.”

Sarna said anyone with information in the robbery case can call the police department at 785-832-7650 or Douglas County Crime Stoppers at 785-843-TIPS.

Sunday’s armed robbery was the second one in recent days at a central Lawrence convenience store. On Thursday, a man robbed Presto Convenience Store, 602 W. Ninth St.

The Presto suspect is described as about a black man in his late 20s or early 30s who is 6 feet tall. He was wearing jeans and a hooded sweatshirt, and was bald with a scruffy beard. Sarna said Monday the descriptions of the suspects are similar but that officers could not say yet the two robberies were related.

Both are still under investigation.

Comments

DillonBarnes 4 years, 9 months ago

For all the talk about pictures being released... you'd think LJworld might put one up with the story.

Jonathan Kealing 4 years, 9 months ago

We were still uploading them. They're up now. Sorry for the delay.

Bob Forer 4 years, 9 months ago

"Similar"? Five foot six and six foot are far from similar.

DillonBarnes 4 years, 9 months ago

Six inches is a very reasonable discrepancy considering the circumstances.

mypointis 4 years, 9 months ago

He is headed straight to one of the apartment complexes across the street or around the corner. He'll slip up sooner or later. It's hard to tell how tall someone is when you are behind the counter. The floor is often not built at the same level as the floor where the customer stands. Hope they catch him. I live two blocks from there.

jj14 4 years, 9 months ago

An advertisement before the suspect video? REALLY?

doc1 4 years, 9 months ago

I thought that was pretty cheezy too.

greenworld 4 years, 9 months ago

Is there no video camera inside that could give closer shots. All I see is a black guy I think with a black coat. That doesnt narrow it down very good that far away.

50YearResident 4 years, 9 months ago

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 4 years, 9 months ago

"like a normal black guy"

Is there a particular way that normal blacks run that would be distinct from normal whites?

bigdave 4 years, 9 months ago

50YearResident (anonymous) says… I bet someone will recognizance him


Ya his crack dealer!!!!

Sharon Roullins 4 years, 9 months ago

How does a NORMAL black guy run? Are you kidding me? This is 2010 is it not? I suppose your defense will be that your best friend is black...and yada, yada, yada.

julstopeka 4 years, 9 months ago

Looks similar to the guy casing cars Sunday night between 11th/Mississippi and 10th/Arkansas.

sandrat83 4 years, 9 months ago

Oh he is prob from Topeka. Knocked off the gas Stat and ran on foot allllllllllll the way to Topeka and Made it home safely.

napoleon969 4 years, 9 months ago

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Ricky_Vaughn 4 years, 9 months ago

Take it easy, Mr. Dynamite. It's a bit of a running joke...

monkey_c 4 years, 9 months ago

I believe the person mispoke...of course this is my interpretation from the still images, BUT, he is not necessarily running like a "normal black guy" to me it looks as though he is running while trying to keep his pants from falling down. Some may consider that the normal way for someone to run who is in keeping with certain urban styles. Also, it is obviously Dave Chapelle. He should not have quit the show.

ralphralph 4 years, 9 months ago

Did Selby raise his four grand for charity yet?

jessanddaron 4 years, 9 months ago

Selby is 6 feet 2 inches and towers over anybody with this description. Nice comment Ralph...

Romans832 4 years, 9 months ago

Curious about the time on the video. It shows 11:15. Now, one hour could be accounted for by the change from DST to standard time. But the report says the robbery occurred at 10:00 a.m. What was the gunman up to for 15 minutes?

ldawg 4 years, 9 months ago

Hide your kids hide your wife...... He couldn't have gotten too far having to pull up his saggy britches caught in the second photo

fu7il3 4 years, 9 months ago

Sometimes clocks, especially clocks that don't get looked at are off by several minutes. Just because it says 11:15, doesn't mean it was 11:15.

50YearResident 4 years, 9 months ago

Quote from BigDave: "I bet someone will recognizance him."

FireMarshall_Bill 4 years, 9 months ago

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 9 months ago

If he was picking buckshot out of his rump, he'd be easier to spot.

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