PITTSBURG, Kan. —
UPDATED, 5:04 p.m.: Four juveniles have been taken into custody in connection with a failed robbery attempt today at one convenience store in Pittsburg followed by a successful holdup at a second store,
Two male juveniles from Pittsburg, ages 17 and 15, and a 17-year-old male from Goddard, Kan., are being held on charges related to a 12:58 a.m. robbery attempt at the Snak-Atak store, 1101 E. Fourth St., and a 1:16 a.m. holdup at Bo's One Stop, 1116 W. Fourth St., according to the Pittsburg Police Department.
A 17-year-old female also is being held as a child in need of care and will be turned over to juvenile authorities, police said.
Police developed information in the wake of the two crimes that the suspects might be in a vehicle reported stolen Tuesday in Wichita, Kan. The suspect vehicle was spotted about 10 a.m. in Pittsburg and patrol officers attempted to make a traffic stop at 18th Street and Broadway. A pursuit ensued through the north side of the town until officers were able to box the vehicle in and force the driver to stop in the 1200 block of East Fourth Street.
Two male occupants, including the driver, jumped out and fled. A female occupant remained in the back seat and was taken into custody. The male passenger was chased down on foot and arrested. Officers later made arrests of the driver in the 1700 block of North Smelter Street and a third male suspect, who was not an occupant of the vehicle, in the 1000 block of East First Street.
All three male juveniles are charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of theft. Both Pittsburg teens also are charged with felony fleeing and eluding and felony obstruction. The 17 year olds from Pittsburg and Goddard are charged with theft of the vehicle. The 17 year old from Pittsburg also faces a charge of criminal damage to property, while the Goddard youth faces an additional misdemeanor count of theft for allegedly stealing some gasoline in Pittsburg n Wednesday.
Pittsburg High School, Meadowlark Elementary School and Countryside Christian School were notified and lockdowns were implemented at all three schools while the search for the suspects was in progress.
Police are searching for two suspects who attempted a robbery of a local convenience store and successfully robbed another after holding a clerk at gunpoint. They made off with an unknown amount of money.
At 12:58 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to Snak-Atak, 1101 E. Fourth St., for a report of an attempted robbery. The clerk indicated a white male and a black male entered the businesses, brandishing a handgun and demanded money from the cash register.
The clerk denied their request for the money and the subjects left the area northbound in the alley. The clerk described the white male as being approximately 6 feet tall with brown hair, wearing blue shorts and a dark colored shirt. The clerk described the black male as being shorter and wearing a plaid shirt and jeans. The clerk was not injured in the incident.
As officers were investigating that incident and canvassing the area, they received another robbery call at Bo’s One Stop, 1116 W. Fourth St.
At approximately 1:16 a.m., an unknown white male and unknown black male entered Bo’s. The white male brandished a handgun as he approached the register and demanded money from the clerk. According to police reports, the white male held the clerk at gunpoint while the black male obtained the cash register drawer. The subjects exited the store by the front door and ran east.
The clerk described the white male as being about 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall with short brown hair and wearing blue shorts and a dark, long-sleeved shirt with a logo on the front. He described the black male as being shorter than the white male and wearing a green and white plaid shirt, jeans and a white and red Chicago Bulls flat-billed hat. The clerk was not injured.
Police are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information can contact the police department at 620-231-1700.