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Three teens charged in Pittsburg robberies

Updated September 13, 2013: Authorities investigating the armed robberies of two Pittsburg convenience stores have now charged three teenagers in the case.

Surveillance video showed a robbery at Snak Atak on East 4th Street early Thursday morning.  When the clerk refused to turn over cash, the robbers escaped with only a box of candy.

Minutes later, two people matching their description held up the Bo's One Stop on West 4th Street.

Tips to police led arrests in the case later in the day.

Now, authorities have charged two 17-year-old males and a 15 year old male.  Charges include aggravated robbery, felony fleeing  and obstruction.

During the investigation police discovered a 17-year-old female in a stolen car.  They're holding her as a child in need of care.


Posted September 12, 2013 by Rudy Harper: Pittsburg Police with the help of Crawford County Sheriff's Department have four people in custody after two overnight armed robberies. The robberies were reported at Bo's One Stop and Snack-Atak in Pittsburg.

Surveillance cameras captured two of the suspects inside the Snack-Atak around 1:00 a.m. on Thursday. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and demanded money a short time later police received another call. 

"Shortly thereafter police were sent on another call approximately 20 minutes later to Bo's for an arm robbery," said Pittsburg Police Chief Mendy Hulvey. 

This morning police received information that a stolen vehicle in Pittsburg was linked to the armed robberies. The vehicle was stopped near the high school.

As police approached the car one suspect took off on foot, prompting a lock down of nearby schools.

"We just made sure we took those extra steps to make sure the kids are safe," said Pittsburg High School Principal Jon Bishop.

Police found one of the fugitive inside a shed at home in Pittsburg. The homeowner witnessed the arrested. 

"The detective came out and told him to get on the ground and he try to run out, they tackled him in there," said the witness. 

Pittsburg PD and the Crawford County Sheriff's Department say tips led them to each person involved.  

"We received some direct tips and we also received some tips from residents that were out tracking this person that was on foot," said Hulvey. 

 Bo's One Stop says the robbers walked away with at least $200 in cash. This is the second time the store has been robbed in the past two months. 

The Snack-Atak clerk refused to hand over any money, the suspects grabbed a box of candy on the way out. 



MEDIA RELEASE UPDATE
Thursday, September 12, 2013 
4:00 P.M.

 Officers and Investigators of the Pittsburg Police Department continued the investigation into the armed robberies of Snak-Atak and Bo's One Stop convenience stores in Pittsburg early this morning.  The investigation led law enforcement to believe the suspects were still in the Pittsburg area and possibly in a stolen car, which was reportedly stolen from the Wichita, Kansas area on September 10th.  At approximately 10:00 a.m., investigators spotted the stolen vehicle and followed the vehicle until marked patrol units could intercept the vehicle.  

 Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle in the area of 18th and Broadway, but the driver refused to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued.  The pursuit wound through the north areas of Pittsburg where officers were ultimately able to box in and stop the vehicle in the 1200 block of East 4th Street.  The driver of the vehicle left the vehicle in gear and fled north across 4th Street where officers lost the suspect in the heavily wooded area.  The passenger fled to the south, but was quickly apprehended after a foot chase with officers.  A female passenger in the back seat of the vehicle remained in the vehicle and was also apprehended at the scene.

 As a precaution, the police department notified Pittsburg High School, Meadowlark Elementary School and Countryside Christian School, who went on building lock-down while a search for the suspect was conducted.  As the search continued, investigators received information where the fleeing suspect and another suspect involved in the robbery were located.  Officers responded to a residence in the 1000 block of East 1st Street where a subject was located and taken into custody.  Officers then responded to the 1700 block of North Smelter, where the driver of the vehicle was located and arrested.

 As a result of the investigation the following persons were arrested and charged as follows:

A 17-year-old black male juvenile of Pittsburg charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery, 2 counts of theft, Felony Fleeing and Eluding, Felony Obstruction, Felony Theft (related to possession of the stolen vehicle), and Criminal Damage to Property.

A 17-year-old white male juvenile from the Goddard, Kansas area charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery, 2 counts of theft, one count of Felony Theft, and an additional count of misdemeanor theft related to a theft of gasoline on September 11th in Pittsburg.

A 15-year-old while male juvenile from Pittsburg charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery, 2 counts of theft, Felony Fleeing and Eluding and Felony Obstruction.

A 17-year-old white female juvenile who was taken into custody from the stolen vehicle and is being held as a child in need of care and will be processed by juvenile authorities.

In addition to Pittsburg Police personnel, members of the Crawford County Sheriff's office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Bureau of Investigations and MEDIA RELEASE UPDATE
Thursday, September 12, 2013 
4:00 P.M.

 Officers and Investigators of the Pittsburg Police Department continued the investigation into the armed robberies of Snak-Atak and Bo's One Stop convenience stores in Pittsburg early this morning.  The investigation led law enforcement to believe the suspects were still in the Pittsburg area and possibly in a stolen car, which was reportedly stolen from the Wichita, Kansas area on September 10th.  At approximately 10:00 a.m., investigators spotted the stolen vehicle and followed the vehicle until marked patrol units could intercept the vehicle.  

 Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle in the area of 18th and Broadway, but the driver refused to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued.  The pursuit wound through the north areas of Pittsburg where officers were ultimately able to box in and stop the vehicle in the 1200 block of East 4th Street.  The driver of the vehicle left the vehicle in gear and fled north across 4th Street where officers lost the suspect in the heavily wooded area.  The passenger fled to the south, but was quickly apprehended after a foot chase with officers.  A female passenger in the back seat of the vehicle remained in the vehicle and was also apprehended at the scene.

 As a precaution, the police department notified Pittsburg High School, Meadowlark Elementary School and Countryside Christian School, who went on building lock-down while a search for the suspect was conducted.  As the search continued, investigators received information where the fleeing suspect and another suspect involved in the robbery were located.  Officers responded to a residence in the 1000 block of East 1st Street where a subject was located and taken into custody.  Officers then responded to the 1700 block of North Smelter, where the driver of the vehicle was located and arrested.

 As a result of the investigation the following persons were arrested and charged as follows:

A 17-year-old black male juvenile of Pittsburg charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery, 2 counts of theft, Felony Fleeing and Eluding, Felony Obstruction, Felony Theft (related to possession of the stolen vehicle), and Criminal Damage to Property.

A 17-year-old white male juvenile from the Goddard, Kansas area charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery, 2 counts of theft, one count of Felony Theft, and an additional count of misdemeanor theft related to a theft of gasoline on September 11th in Pittsburg.

A 15-year-old white male juvenile from Pittsburg charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery, 2 counts of theft, Felony Fleeing and Eluding and Felony Obstruction.

A 17-year-old white female juvenile who was taken into custody from the stolen vehicle and is being held as a child in need of care and will be processed by juvenile authorities.

In addition to Pittsburg Police personnel, members of the Crawford County Sheriff's office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Bureau of Investigations and the Pittsburg State University Police Department assisted with the searches and arrest of the suspects.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.  Anyone having information relating to this crime or other crimes may report it to the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700.  Callers reporting criminal activity may remain anonymous.  In addition, information relating to this crime or other crimes may also be reported to Heartland Crime Stoppers at 417-782-TIPZ or HeartlandTipz.com.


Auth:  Lieutenant Tim Tompkins
the Pittsburg State University Police Department assisted with the searches and arrest of the suspects.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.  Anyone having information relating to this crime or other crimes may report it to the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700.  Callers reporting criminal activity may remain anonymous.  In addition, information relating to this crime or other crimes may also be reported to Heartland Crime Stoppers at 417-782-TIPZ or HeartlandTipz.com.


Auth:  Lieutenant Tim Tompkins


Pittsburg,Kansas, Police Department

MediaRelease

Thursday, September 12, 2013

 

On Thursday, September 12,2013, at 12:58 am, officers responded to Snak-Atak, 1101 E. 4th,Pittsburg, Kansas for a report of an attempted robbery.  The clerk indicated a white male and a blackmale entered the business, brandishing a dark colored handgun and demandedmoney 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, having 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 this incident.  As officers were investigating that incident and canvassing the area another robbery call came in at Bo's One Stop, 1116 West 4th Street, Pittsburg, Kansas.

At approximately 1:16 a.m. an unknown white male and unknown black male entered Bo's One Stop. The white male brandished a dark colored handgun as he approached the register and demanded the money from the clerk. The white male held the clerk at gun point while the black male obtained the cash register drawer containing an unknown amount of money from the clerk.  The subjects exited the store out the front door and ran eastbound from the location. The clerk described the white male as being approximately 6 feet to 6feet 3 inches tall with short brown hair wearing blue shorts and a black long sleeve 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 in this incident.      

The investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information relating to this crime or other crimes may report it to the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700.  Callers reporting criminal activity may remain anonymous.  In addition,information relating to this crime or other crimes may also be reported toHeartland Crime Stoppers at 417-782-TIPZ or HeartlandTipz.com.

 

Lieutenant DetectiveCris M. HATCHER #6

CriminalInvestigations Division Commander    





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