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A carefully orchestrated robbery left a QuikTrip employee believing he was holding a bomb.
A man pulled his Chevy Impala up to a gas pump at the QT in the 5600 block of East Harry around 5:45 p.m. on Jan. 18.
"He pushed the button for assistance, stating that he was handicapped and needed someone to come out and help him pump his gas," said Wichita Police Lt. Doug Nolte. "One of the employees at the QuikTrip did go out to meet him.
"A short time later, a phone call was placed to the business stating that the individual at pump one was now committing a robbery, and that there was an employee out there that had a device, and that he would detonate the device if they didn't bring out money."
An employee inside gathered money into a bag. The man in the car called the store again, threatening to blow up the bomb if the employee did not hurry.
The employee went outside and tossed the money into the man's car. As the man pulled away, the employee holding the device threw it at the car.
The device turned out to not be an explosive. Nolte said it was a small box, about the size of a cell phone, that had wires coming out of it and appeared to have a timer on it. He said both employees believed it was a bomb
"I'd be very careful as a business owner to make sure that you're training your employees to be aware of your circumstances, and the potential that someone might try to fool them or trick them into putting them in a bad position," Nolte said. "This is well planned out."