WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Three people forced their way into a Wichita long-term care home early Wednesday, tied up an addict and stole drugs.
At approximately 4:50 am, officers responded to an armed robbery call at Reflection Living Aged Nursing Facility located in the 600 block of S Maize Court. A 27-year-old employee said three suspects had robbed the company and tied it up.
“The employee reported she was working when she heard a knock on the front door,” Officer Trevor Macy said. “When she opened the door, three suspects forcibly entered the company. They were all wearing black scrubs.
The suspects were two men and a woman. One of them had a gun. Two of the suspects tied her up and then the three stole various drugs.
Macy was asked if the robbers had managed to reach any of the residents of the facility.
“No residents were harmed,” he said. “The employee was not harmed. They broke in and obviously tied up that employee, so she’s recovering from all of this, but she wasn’t hurt.
Macy did not say what types of drugs were taken.
He said after the thieves got what they came for, they fled northwest. They climbed into a silver hatchback or small SUV waiting near Hayden and Maize Roads. He was last seen heading south on Maize Road.
Police are reviewing surveillance footage from the area. They will release photos if they think it will help lead to an arrest.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact WPD Investigators at 316-268-4407 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.
Now, the Wichita Police Department is alerting other nursing facilities and long-term care facilities about what happened.
“We just want to let other similar businesses know about this incident, to make sure they know what happened so employees and residents can stay safe,” Macy said. “It is important that employees and employers are vigilant and alert to suspicious activity, especially in the early morning or late night hours.”
He says facilities should have plans in place for situations like this and hold regular safety meetings with staff.
“You can always reach out to your community police officers if you want,” he said. “We have their information on our website wichitapolice.com. They can approach companies and sort of help with security, security planning, making sure buildings are safe.