Topeka Kansas Walmart robbed of $200,000 www.privateofficer.com
Topeaka KS Nov 30 2011 A stocky white man with a shaved head, who wore glasses and a Carhartt jacket, breached store security early Saturday to steal at least $200,000 from Walmart, 1301 S.W. 37th, Topeka police said Monday.
As of Monday, no one has been arrested in the aggravated burglary of the store and theft of between $200,000 and $500,000.
“It’s an ongoing investigation,” Capt. Jerry Stanley said on Monday. Stanley is assistant division commander of the criminal investigation division.
Detectives “have leads they’re following up on at this time,” he said.
The theft occurred during a six-minute time frame starting at 3:21 a.m. Saturday just hours after the Black Friday sales.
The thief entered the manager’s office, where the day’s receipts “were accessible and walked off with those receipts,” Stanley said.
Stanley said store security video tape captured the thief walking into the office and walking out. As of Monday, police hadn’t released photographs taken by the security tape. The theft hasn’t been traced to an employee, he said.
No employee or customer was threatened or confronted by the thief, Stanley said. Besides the theft, the crime also is an aggravated burglary because other people were inside the store.
Kansas law defines an aggravated burglary as entering an occupied structure with the intent to commit a felony. Aggravated burglary is a felony.
Store security procedures were breached in order for the thief to get behind certain doors to gain access to the cash, Stanley said. Stanley declined to elaborate about specific store security measures.
Stanley said it is “very” rare for a loss that big from a Topeka business, doubting that it had ever happened before.
“We’re concerned when anything of this nature happens,” Dianna Gee, spokeswoman at the Wal-Mart Stores Inc. home office in Bentonville, Ark., said Monday night.
The company is working closely with Topeka police and has supplied the surveillance tape to officers, Gee said. The company will consider offering a reward to aid in the apprehension of the thief, she said.
In Topeka, a man in the management area of the store on S.W. 37th declined to comment about Saturday’s incident.