Call helps thwart holdup
A concerned resident's telephone call to police helped avert a second armed robbery in the city in two days, Lansing Police Chief Steve Wayman said.
In a 911 call to Lansing Police about 11 p.m. Wednesday, a caller reported seeing a car drop off two men near Petro Deli, S. Main St. The men, the caller said, appeared to have ski masks on top of their heads and were headed toward the back of the building.
Police units arrived within minutes, Sgt. Billy Blackwell went around the back of the building and was spotted by one of the two subjects, who fled to the southeast into the Fawn Valley subdivision, Wayman said.
Blackwell and Detective Scott Crawford followed chased the two, who were able to escape into the neighborhood. Officers set up a perimeter around the neighborhood with assistance from the Basehor and Leavenworth police departments and the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office. The Leavenworth Police Department's canine unit also was brought in, but after three hours the search was called off.
This morning, Wayman said though he was disappointed the suspects weren't captured, he was glad there was no robbery carried out at Petro Deli.
Just a day earlier, a lone armed robber went into the Wood Oil Co. convenience store at 109 4-H Road and made off with an unspecified amount of cash.
"I do believe both of them are related," Wayman said.
Police recovered evidence, including a pistol, they believe will be valuable in their investigation into the two incidents. They also have a description of the car that dropped them off.
In addition, Blackwell was able to get a good physical description of the two men he interrupted, Wayman said.
"The description we have right now from Sgt. Blackwell is two light-skinnned black males, 5-10 to 6-3," Wayman said. "He believed they were under the age of 20 - young at least - but he was not 100 percent sure of their age."
Wayman expressed his appreciation to the 911 caller.
"The great part of this is there a citizen out there who saw this, called and gave us the information," Wayman said.
He encouraged anyone - including business owners - to call police if they notice anything out of line.
"We have some pretty brave individuals who want to commit armed rob on consecutive nights," Wayman noted. "Anything anybody sees that doesn't look right, give us a call. : It's easier for us to come check it out and it be nothing, than for someone to not call and something bad happen."