Carjacking Spree Hits Topeka

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- With four carjackings in less than two days, Topeka police say it's imperative to stay alert.

Lt. Chris W. Heaven said the recent carjacking spree can most likely be attributed to a few individuals, rather than a wider trend in the city.

About 4:30 a.m. today, authorities took a call at SW 6th St. and SW Topeka Blvd. about a carjacking incident. Police found the vehicle on Harrison St. shortly after the call, and the incident is under investigation.

Ten hours earlier, the first of two carjackings occurred on Tuesday evening. A woman was robbed at 7 p.m. by three men at the Century Plaza Apartments, in the 2200 block of SE 28th St. At least one man was armed, and the men stole her Honda Odyssey and money.

About 45 minutes after the incident, the Honda Odyssey was discovered near the scene of a second carjacking. This carjacking occurred in the parking lot of the Fairfield Inn at 1530 SW Westport Dr.

Two men circled the parking lot in a minivan with the door open, then jumped the victim and stole his Toyota Sienna minivan. The victim sustained a minor injury, and the robbers left in a gold minivan.

The fourth carjacking occurred in the parking lot of the Pizza Parlor restaurant about 9 p.m. on Monday. Two assailants carried semiautomatic handguns and approached the victim in his black Nissan sports utility vehicle.

No injuries were reported at the scene at 1919 NE Seward Ave. and the robbers fled in the stolen vehicle.

Anyone with information can call detectives at (785) 368-9400 or Crime Stoppers at (785) 234-0007.

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