Dara’s clerk reports armed robbery, car theft

By Bethany Knipp

A Dara’s Fast Lane clerk’s vehicle was stolen this morning after the convenience store was robbed by a gunman.

According to a press release from the RCPD, a man entered the store at 1816 Claflin Road with a weapon at 2:45 a.m. and demanded cash from the register. The robber also demanded that the store clerk hand over his vehicle keys.

After the clerk gave the robber his keys, the man reportedly left the store and drove away in the clerk’s white 1995 Chevy pickup.

The Dara’s chain human resource manager, Amanda Brubeck, said the robber’s weapon was a gun and that he stole $140.

At 8:45 this morning, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper found the pickup abandoned in the 6600 block of Tuttle Creek Boulevard north of Manhattan, according to the release.

Brubeck said the store has a robbery protocols that direct employees to “basically do what they tell you to do so no one gets hurt.”

“Money that gets stolen is the least of our worries,” Brubeck said.

The Riley County Police Department asks those with information about the aggravated robbery to contact RCPD at 785-537-2112 or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777 or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Callers can remain anonymous, collect calls are accepted, and callers may qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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