TPD investigating 2 purse snatching cases

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Topeka Police Department is investigating two robberies in the Topeka area Thursday night.

Around 7:45 p.m., a woman was unloading her car near SW 14th St. and SW Tyler St. when an older black compact passenger car pulled up next to her. One of the passengers got out of the car and pointed a black handgun and demanded her purse. He is described as a white male, possibly in his 20’s, with no facial hair. He was wearing a dark colored hoodie. 

Shortly after 8:15 p.m., Topeka Police responded to a second robbery call in the parking lot of JCPenney on SW Wanamaker Rd. A woman from this incident said a man stole her purse as she was walking through the parking lot. The suspect fled in a what she described as a dark passenger car.  The description of the suspect in this robbery matches the same one given in the first case. The victim said he was clean shaven and had short dark hair. The victim was not injured.

Topeka Police do not believe that there was a weapon involved in the second robbery.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Topeka Police Department Criminal Investigations Bureau at 785-368-9400 or Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.

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