TPD Releases New Surveillance Photos In Hopes To Reduce Crime Rates

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- New information on a string of recent armed robberies: Topeka police released surveillance photos of suspects in three of them.

Surveillance photos show a knife wielding suspect, holding up the Kwik Shop at 17th and South Topeka Boulevard Tuesday morning.

It's the latest in a string of recent business robberies. Surveillance photos show a woman robbing a Kwik Shop on 37th street Friday morning.

And in other photos, two armed suspects who forced workers into a restroom Sunday night to rob the North Topeka Dairy Queen.

"The reality of it is people are going to do stupid things, we don't want them to do that, we don't want them to rob businesses," says Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor.

That's why Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor and law enforcement colleagues are getting tough with armed robbery suspects.

Last week, they announced federal charges against Derek Crawford and Travis Coffman for an August armed robbery at Topeka's Red Robin restaurant.

They were arraigned Tuesday in U.S. district court.

"You're going to wind up being jammed up in the federal system for decades. We're taking this matter very seriously," says Taylor.

Authorities say they hope the release of these suspects pictures brings them to justice, ultimately, decreasing crime and making Topekans feel safe again.

"Every time we can take a handgun out of the hands of a bad guy, of a convicted felon, it makes not only our citizens safer, it make members of our law enforcement safer," says Barry Grissom, U.S. Attorney.

"They deserve to be safe, people deserve to be safe in their community," says Tony Kirk, Deputy Police Chief.