Archive for Friday, March 18, 2011

Holdup suspect caught at Topeka St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 18, 2011

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— A Topeka police officer had no problem identifying a suspect in an early-morning holdup at a convenience store. She was standing several hours later along a downtown street watching the St. Patrick’s Day Parade — wearing the same distinctive outfit shown on surveillance tape from the crime scene.

WIBW-AM reported that the 26-year-old woman was taken into custody shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday on suspicion of aggravated robbery, assault and property damage.

Authorities believe she entered a Kwik Shop around 3:30 Thursday morning holding a screwdriver and demanded money from a clerk. A person who tried to stop her was hit with a baseball bat.

Surveillance tape showed her leaving the store in a bright blue warm-up suit with a broad yellow stripe — the same attire the officer noticed along the parade route hours later.

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