Topeka police investigating after man tries to grab money from Kwik Shop cash register

Police reviewing surveillance video

Several Topeka police officers responded to the Kwik Shop at S.W. 17th and Topeka Blvd. after a man reached across the counter and tried to grab money from the cash register. (Katie Moore/The Capital-Journal)

A man reached across the counter of the Kwik Shop at 1700 S.W. Topeka Blvd. and attempted to grab cash from the register, Topeka police said Tuesday evening.


The incident was reported to Shawnee County Dispatch at 7:42 p.m.

The suspect wasn’t armed, Topeka police Sgt. Scott Scurlock said.

Shortly after officers responded, they stopped two men in the area. After reviewing surveillance video, they determined the men didn’t fit the assailant’s description and were let go, Scurlock said.

Officers were also looking at the video to determine if the incident was a robbery or a theft. Robbery is a felony while thefts under $1,500 are considered a misdemeanor.

The assailant is described as a white male or a male with a light complexion. He was wearing a hoodie, blue jeans and tennis shoes, Scurlock said.

No one was injured in the incident.

A witness on the scene said the man asked the cashier to break a $1 bill and when she opened the drawer, he reached over the counter. The cashier slammed the register’s drawer and the man fled, the witness said.

Six Topeka police patrol vehicles responded to the scene. The business was temporarily closed while police investigated.