Jul 09, 2024

SPD searches for suspects after resident reports he was robbed at Walmart

Posted Jul 09, 2024 11:00 AM

Lead Reporter - Salina Post

A 71-year-old Salina resident reported to Salina Police Department (SPD) officers that on Saturday afternoon, someone robbed him near the entrance of Walmart.

SPD Capt. James Feldman said the man reported the incident on Sunday, July 7, and told officers that two individuals approached him while he was leaving the large store.

"He was approached by a Hispanic male and female in their 40s. They stated he had dropped a $20 bill — he advised that he didn't realize it at the time, but he felt that the subjects were trying to distract him," Feldman said. "He told the subjects he did not believe he had $20 on him. The male suspect told him to check his wallet, at which point the 71-year-old opened his wallet, and there was some type of exchange."

Feldman said the man described the interaction loosely, but the 71-year-old resident said the suspect handed him a $20 bill and left the store.

At 4:45 p.m. Sunday, the victim reported that his bank notified him that someone used his credit card to purchase a ring for more than $2,000 at Sam's Club. He then checked his wallet and found his credit card and the $20 bill the man handed him missing.

Someone later attempted to use his credit card for a smaller purchase in Wichita.

The resident then contacted SPD officers to report the incident. Feldman said the suspects' reported appearances are a 6'1" heavyset Hispanic man with a black beard and a Hispanic woman wearing a flower dress. Both appeared to be around 40 years old.

SPD officers continue investigating the alleged robbery.

Salina Post will update the story as more information becomes available. 

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