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Getaway car provides a trail to suspect in robbery

Updated: 2013-03-08T03:17:05Z


The Kansas City Star

A teenage robbery suspect’s choice of getaway cars didn’t help him escape from being caught — it led officers right to him, police said.

The robber ordered a drink and then demanded money from the cash register at the McDonald’s at 16210 W. 65th St. in Shawnee about 4:10 p.m. Wednesday.

He didn’t display a weapon, but he kept his hands in his pockets and acted as if he had one.

The robber fled with the cash in a gray, early 1980s Toyota with a Kansas antique tag.

When dispatchers broadcast a description of the car, an officer remembered stopping it previously.

The officer checked his records and found that he had stopped a gray 1978 Toyota with the same Kansas antique tag in early February for running a red light at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Nieman Road.

After comparing the identity of the juvenile driver on that car stop to the surveillance video, police identified the driver as the armed robbery suspect.

Police found the car about 11 p.m. and arrested a 16-year-old boy. He was being held in the Johnson County juvenile detention facility awaiting formal charges.

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