Crime Stoppers ups reward in coin business robbery

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WICHITA, Kansas – The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office today announced an increase in the reward for information that leads to an arrest of two suspect in the robbery of the Heartland Coin Gallery and its owner last month.

In a news release, the Sheriff’s Office said the reward has been increased from $10,000 to $15,000 as a result of donation from Cars for Charity. The organization’s website says it produces the annual Devlin-Starbird Rod & Customs Charities Car Show in Wichita.

In announcing the initial reward, the news release from the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said two suspects who forced their way into a home in the 800 block of N. Stagecoach shortly after 3:00 a.m.on April 21st, 2015 and robbed the residents of some of their belongings.  They then forced the male victim to take them to his business, Heartland Coin Gallery in the 2600 block of N. Greenwich, where they took additional property and stole the man’s car.  In all, the bandits made off with $175,000 from the couple and the business.

The first suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’8″ to 6′ tall, about 30 to 35 years old with an athletic build and weighing about 240 pounds. He was wearing a black “North Face” sweatshirt with white writing, black pants and gloves, a black beanie cap, and a black ski mask with only an opening for the eyes.

The second suspect is described as a black male in his 30s, about 5’5″ tall with a stocky build, and wearing black clothes, black gloves and the same type of ski mask. The suspect may possibly go by the name of “Mike” or “Mark”.

A Cars For Charity Co representative said, “We want to support Heartland Coin Gallery, to right a wrong and show support to a major sponsor and personal friends of our organization.”

Anyone with information about the case can provide an anonymousis asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.  Tipsters also can submit tips by cell phone text message by texting TIP217 followed by their message to CRIMES (2745637)/  Tips also can be submitted online at http://www.WichitaCrimeStoppers.com. All ways are anonymous and Crime Stoppers will never ask the tipster’s name.

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