Three suspects at large after armed robberies at KCK convenience stores

Police released this photo of a suspect in the robberies of convenience stores in the Turner area of Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in the robberies of convenience stores in the Turner area of Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from police)

Three suspects are being sought by the police after five aggravated robberies between Dec. 30 and Jan. 9 in Kansas City, Kan.

Two robberies were earlier today at Fast Stop, 945 S. 55th St., and 7-Eleven, 2924 S. 47th St., Kansas City, Kan.

Three robberies were on Dec. 30, Jan. 1 and Jan. 4 at the Fast Trip convenience store, 4039 Metropolitan Ave., Kansas City, Kan., according to police.

The first and second suspects allegedly committed the three robberies at Fast Trip.

The first and third suspects allegedly committed the robberies at Fast Stop and 7-Eleven.

The description of the first suspect: Male, late teens or early 20s, slender build, 5-6, medium complexion, multi-colored stocking cap with a black ball on top, small goatee on chin only, armed with an all-black pistol or a silver-black pistol. He has worn a red Carhartt brand zip-up coat with white writing on the left chest or a red-white-black striped short-sleeved polo shirt or a dark blue sweatshirt during the robberies. He covered his face with a black scarf during the two robberies on Jan. 9.

The description of the second suspect: Male, late teens or early 20s, average build, 6-1 to 6-2, discolored teeth. He has worn red and blue hoodies or a dark blue coat, a black and white patterned stocking cap with ear flaps, and tassels, or a blue stocking cap during the robberies.

The description of the third suspect: Male, early 20s, average build, 5-1 to 5-2, medium complexion, wears red framed glasses, black coat, red Alabama University sweatshirt with white lettering, jeans, brown shoes, and armed with an all-black pistol.

The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department is encouraging anyone with information to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Police released this photo of a suspect in the robberies of convenience stores in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in the robberies of convenience stores in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of suspects in the robberies of convenience stores in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of suspects in the robberies of convenience stores in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a vehicle in connection with robberies in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a vehicle in connection with robberies in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a vehicle in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a vehicle in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of suspects in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of suspects in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of suspects in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of suspects in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

New telephone system demonstrated at BPU meeting

A new telephone system was demonstrated at the Board of Public Utilities meeting Jan. 7.

The system was updated this past September to improve customer service, according to a spokesman. It is menu-driven with auto-routing capabilities. This feature is expected to help speed up the process and ensure customers don’t lose their place in the queue when calling BPU, the spokesman stated.

Since installation of the integrated voice response system, the BPU has processed more than 150,000 calls.

The BPU also heard a report on the Home Energy Audit Program. More than 300 customers took advantage of the Home Energy Audit Program and BPU distributed more than 3,500 CFL bulbs to energy audit customers.

The BPU’s energy efficiency initiatives in 2015 will include a refrigerator replacement program, Heartland Habitat low-income housing retrofit program and the possible extension of the successful Home Energy Audit Program, the spokesman said.

– Story by David Mehlhaff, BPU chief communications officer

Besler, Kempin selected for U.S. Men’s National Team January camp

Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler and homegrown goalkeeper Jon Kempin were named to the United States Men’s National Team roster on Friday and will take part in the U.S. MNT January Camp from Jan. 12 – Feb. 8 in Carson, Calif.

The annual training camp will be highlighted by the first two international matches on the United States schedule in 2015.

Chile will host the U.S. on Jan. 28 at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua, Chile, before the United States returns home to face Panama at 3 p.m. on Feb. 8 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. (ESPN, UniMas, UDN).

“The prize in 2015 for the senior National Team is the Gold Cup, and this camp will give a lot of our players a chance to kick start their preparations for an important year,” U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “We also get an opportunity to introduce the next wave of young players into the program, and in particular work with many of our Olympic-age guys as they build toward qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.”

Besler has made 23 international appearances for the United States Men’s National Team since his debut in 2013. The 27-year-old central defender led the national team with 11 starts in 2014, including starting roles in all four games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

“This is another big year ahead of us in 2015,” Besler said. “The January Camp is always a good way to set the tone for the upcoming campaign and establish a positive rhythm within the national team environment. It is an important time of the year which brings a welcomed new wave of excitement and energy.”

An Overland Park, Kan., native, Besler has made 161 appearances in MLS competition (including postseason) over six seasons since being selected in the first round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft out of Notre Dame. He is a three-time MLS All-Star (2011, 2013, 2014) and has twice been named to the MLS Best XI (2012, 2013) to go along with an MLS Defender of the Year honor in 2012.

Kempin, 21, joins the full U.S. Men’s National Team for the first time in his career after previously representing the United States at the Under-14 through Under-23 levels and attending the U.S. Soccer Residency Program from 2008-2009. The Leawood, Kan., native was most recently a member of the U.S. Under-21 Men’s National Team during a breakthrough 2014 campaign in which he made his MLS debut.

In doing so, he became the youngest at his position to play in Major League Soccer since 2012 and also entered the record books as the youngest goalkeeper to start an MLS match in club history. Kempin earned back-to-back MLS Save of the Week honors in his first two appearances and was named MVP of the 2014 MLS Chipotle Homegrown Game.

“I am extremely honored to be able to represent my country in my first senior team call up,” Kempin said. “I am excited to work with some of the best players in the world and learn from the likes of Nick Rimando and Sean Johnson. The experience I will get from working with Jurgen (Klinsmann) and his coaching staff will be very valuable to my career. My dream is to represent the United States in the Olympics and World Cups. I feel like being invited to the January Camp is one step closer to achieving those dreams.”

He also appeared in the Champions Shield friendly against the English Premier League’s Manchester City, one of six total appearances for the club last season (4 MLS, 1 CCL, 1 friendly) while also spending time on loan at USL PRO affiliate OKC Energy FC.

Kempin, a product of the Sporting KC Academy and the team’s first homegrown player signing at age 17, now enters his sixth professional season in 2015. He made his competitive debut during the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and helped Orlando City SC claim the USL PRO Championship in 2013, making 34 saves in nine games while on loan with the Lions.

The United States – No. 27 in the latest FIFA rankings – has scheduled seven international friendlies to be played against top competition over the next six months in preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup (July 7-26). The U.S. will face five teams ranked in the top 20 in the world, including regional rival Mexico (April 15), fifth-ranked Netherlands (June 5) and 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany (June 10).
– Story from Sporting KC