Archive for Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Armed robbery occurs again in Baldwin

May 8, 2002

An armed robbery occurred in Baldwin City for the second time in a week.

According to Sgt. Colleen Larson of the Baldwin City Police Department, Pizza Hut, 130 U.S. Highway 56, was robbed at gunpoint at around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Larson said a young black man wearing a bandana on his head and one covering his mouth walked into Pizza Hut shortly after the last customers left and pointed a nickel-plated semi-automatic gun at the worker at the cash register and demanded money.

"He didn't say much," Larson said. "Just 'Give me your money.'"

There were two other workers in the back of the restaurant at the time of the robbery and no one was injured, she said.

The suspect, who is believed to be about 5-foot-7 or 5-8, left on foot with about $420, Larson said.

Baldwin police believe Thursday's robbery was committed by the same person who held up J's Video, 814 High St., last Friday night.

Larson said the description of the suspect, the gun used and the robbery styles were similar.

"Everything matched the same," she said. "We're pretty sure it's the same person. Whether he's alone, we can't confirm yet."

The police department is continuing to work with Lawrence and Ottawa police, as well as the Douglas County Sheriff's Department on the investigations, but no arrests have been made in the two robberies.

"If anybody heard anything, saw anything, call us," Larson said.

Business owners are encouraged to take extra precautions, she said.

"Lock up as soon as you can. Keep things well lit," she said. "Really try and watch for anything unusual."

Baldwin police are also taking extra precautions, she said.

"We definitely tried to double up on two officers in the evenings," she said. "We've tried to be more visible and watch things a little closer."

The police department also had an informational meeting Tuesday evening to address concerns about the recent robberies and provide crime prevention tips and pamphlets to local business owners.

Those who did not make it to the meeting can still pick up the information at the Baldwin City Police Department.

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