Thieves rob woman of wedding ring, $8,000 in NE Wichita parking lot

Published: Jun. 12, 2018 at 9:26 PM CDT
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The Wichita Police Department asks for the public's help in identifying two people it says robbed a 65-year-old woman out of thousands of dollars.

Police say the robbery happened between 11:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Walgreens in the 3700 block of North Woodlawn, the Dillons parking lot across the street and a nearby bank.

At about 4:15 p.m., police responded to a robbery report at Walmart in the 3000 block of North Rock Road. Upon arrival, officers contacted a 65-year-old woman who said that another woman approached her in the store's parking lot and asked for a ride to Walgreens, about two miles northwest of Walmart.

"Video footage from Walmart shows a Silver Cadillac STS suspect vehicle being driven by an unknown male suspect following the victim and female suspect out of the parking lot of Walmart to the parking lot of Walgreens," police say.

At Walgreens, police say the man driving got out of the suspect vehicle and got into the 66-year-old woman's car. Police say the woman was then robbed at gunpoint by the pair who approached her at Walmart.

Police say the suspects stole the 65-year-old woman's wedding ring and cash from her purse. They then forced her to drive to a nearby bank and withdraw $8,000 from her account. After the robbery, police say the man and woman fled in the suspect vehicle (the silver Cadillac STS).

Police shared a surveillance photo that shows the woman suspected in this case wearing dark khaki pants, a light-colored shirt and a tan hat. The man is seen wearing a tan hat, dark pants and a gold necklace.

"If anyone recognizes this vehicle or suspects or has any additional information on this case please call Crime Stoppers 267-2111, WPD Robbery Detectives at 268-4518, or 911," police say. "Also, video footage from the Walmart shows both suspects contacting multiple people in the parking lot between 10 a.m. up until the reported incident. If you were contacted by these suspects to please call the WPD Robbery Detectives, Crime Stoppers, or 911."

Former bank teller for JP Morgan Chase, Haley Rubio, said tellers are trained to look for red flags.

"A lot of times if there's a designated reason there wouldn't be a whole lot of nervousness," said Rubio. "In that situation I'd think you could probably read body language, uncertainty."

She said if she noticed red flags, she would try to fish for answers without directly asking what the money is for.

"I might try and just ask small things, like oh, this is a larger than normal transaction for you, are you doing anything," said Rubio.