Thieves struck twice within two hours Sunday morning at the K-N-J convenience store near 30th and Parker Streets.
Omaha police officers were first called to the store at 3009 Parker St. about 8:30 a.m. when a man and woman reported they had been robbed while getting gas.
Police returned to the store about 10:20 a.m. when a clerk reported that the store's ATM machine had been stolen.
Officer Jacob Bettin, a police spokesman, said it doesn’t appear the incidents are related. A woman who answered the phone at the store Sunday afternoon said she had no comment about either incident.
Police have taken a suspect into custody for questioning in connection with the stickup. According to Bettin, a man and a woman in their 20s were getting gas at the store when a suspect approached them, showed a gun and took an undetermined amount of money.
The suspect left in a green Jeep Grand Cherokee that was found about two hours later near 42nd and Pinkney Streets. Police surrounded a nearby home, and a suspect surrendered without incident about 1:15 p.m. The suspect’s name was not released.
Bettin said the store’s ATM was stolen when a man entered the store and “wrestled the ATM” out the door and into the back of a white, older-style pickup truck. A woman with the suspect assisted the theft by holding the door open while the ATM was being removed. The pickup truck was last seen heading west on Parker Street.
Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP (7867) or at www.omahacrimestoppers.net, or to text “OPD” to 274637 (Crimes). Callers may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.
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