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For 3rd time this year, early morning holdup reported at Taco Bell on West Sixth

In this file photo from June 27, 2017, a law enforcement official works within a police van parked outside Taco Bell, 1220 W. Sixth Street following an early morning robbery.

In this file photo from June 27, 2017, a law enforcement official works within a police van parked outside Taco Bell, 1220 W. Sixth Street following an early morning robbery.

November 20, 2017, 2:19 p.m. Updated November 20, 2017, 4:19 p.m.


For at least the third time this year, someone reportedly held up the Taco Bell at 1220 W. Sixth St. in the early morning hours, and got away.

About 7:20 a.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to the restaurant on a report of a robbery that had just occurred, Lawrence police Sgt. Amy Rhoads said in an email.

A man with a gun entered the business, demanded money from the two employees inside and escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount, Rhoads said. She said no injuries were reported.

A complete description of the suspect was not available, though police said he had “cloth material” covering his face.

A message left for the restaurant manager was not immediately returned Monday afternoon.

About 7:50 a.m. June 26, a man entered the same business, threatened employees with a gun then fled with an undisclosed amount, the Journal-World previously reported.

Just before 7:45 a.m. Feb. 5, a man entered the Taco Bell, pointed “something” at a restaurant employee, demanded cash and escaped on foot, the Journal-World previously reported. The man in that incident made off with more than $4,200, according to the police department’s offense report.

Police still haven’t arrested suspects in any of the cases, Officer Derrick Smith said.

It’s unknown whether the crimes could have been committed by the same robber.

“There is not enough information at this time to speculate if it is the same person,” Smith said. “The investigation is ongoing.”

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Bob Smith 3 months, 4 weeks ago

What route did he take back to Topeka?

Josh Berg 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Was it too hard for LPD to figure out to station a car across the street? It seems after the second early morning hold up of the year that they would have learned their lesson.

Tom Thomson 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Yes, because LPD has enough resources to just sit on a restaurant every day. Next you'll complain you waited too long for an Officer to show up to your call for service because the one who would've come to you is busy sitting in a car across the street from Taco Bell....

Bob Summers 3 months, 4 weeks ago

I wonder if the bandits were home schooled?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Wow, Is there a target painted on their building?

Bob Smith 3 months, 4 weeks ago

BTW, no restaurant should have over $4,000 in cash laying around. That should have been dropped into a safe over the course of the day.

Rick Masters 3 months, 4 weeks ago

True, but the robbery times point to the possibility that that might be right before a bank run following the overnight. Which also smells of someone a little too familiar with the store's practices and habits.

P Allen Macfarlane 3 months, 4 weeks ago

So, if a pistol-packing employee or a patron is in the restaurant, would that have improved the situation and stopped the robber? OK all defenders of the second amendment, let's weigh in with the usual NRA lines.

Greg Cooper 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Absolutely true. Just as often, I suspect, as super volcano eruptions and Kansas electing a responsible legislature.

Gene Douglas 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Could be the same perp.....realizing the third time's...a charm

3 months, 4 weeks ago

Time to get some Video cameras installed, although should have been installed prior to the first robbery.

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