Armed robbery report deemed suspicious, but police investigating
Shawnee Police continue investigating but are suspicious of a reported strong-armed robbery early Tuesday at a Shawnee convenience store.
A man reported that he was robbed with a shotgun at 3:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the QuikTrip in the 10300 block of 75th Street. However, Capt. Bill Hisle of the Shawnee police say there are several suspicious elements to the man’s story.
The man reported he had hitched a ride from two men in a two-tone, blue-over-gray Chevrolet or Ford pick-up truck shortly after midnight at 65th Street and Troost in Kansas City, Mo. The men told him they would drive him to Kansas City, Kan., but they eventually ended up in Shawnee.
The victim said he offered them $3 to help cover gasoline costs, at which time one produced a shotgun from under the seat, demanding more money, but the victim didn’t have any more. The truck drove off with the man’s backpack, which he said contained clothing and personal hygiene items. The victim then walked to a gasoline station at 67th Street and Interstate 35 to report the incident. Hisle said it was unclear why the man did not call police from the QuikTrip.
Hisle said a QuikTrip clerk reported seeing the victim hanging around the parking lot with two men, and they had even come inside the store to use the bathroom. The clerk told police he saw the truck leave the parking lot but did not see a robbery.
The victim told police he had had a few beers while riding with the men, suffered from clinical depression and hadn’t taken his medication, so he couldn’t think straight.
“There’s a whole lot more to this story than this guy gets robbed by a stranger,” Hisle said. “My guess is that these guys know each other and there’s some sort of theft of services here.”