A Kansas man who served two years in prison for robbing QuikTrip convenience stores five times in 2014 has been charged — again — with robbing yet another QuikTrip.
Samuel L. Vliet, 25, of Wichita, was hit with a federal indictment Wednesday on one charge of committing robbery of a commercial establishment, according to a news release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas.
“Give me all the money in the register,” Vliet allegedly demanded after he walked into a QuikTrip convenience store on July 18, with a red bandanna tied over face.
“Really?” the QuikTrip clerk said, before handing him about $260 in cash.
The clerk told cops that the robber touched the front door as he left with the loot, and investigators lifted fingerprints from it. The sample matched prints on record in a law enforcement database — and they belonged to Vliet, the news release says.
Vliet pleaded guilty to robbing five Wichita-area QuikTrips between Feb. 5 and Feb. 8, 2014, according to The Wichita Eagle. During his 2014 spree, he also wore a bandanna over his face and demanded money from the cash register, the Eagle reports.
In 2014, Vliet was captured after slipping and falling on ice upon being spotted by cops who, on a hunch, had been waiting for him, according to a report from that time in the Eagle. He served two years in prison for the crimes.
This time, on July 19, the day after the robbery, Vliet let police search his home. There, cops found a T-shirt that matched the description of the shirt worn by the robber — and a red bandana, the Eagle reports, citing the probable cause affidavit against Vliet.
But Vliet told investigators that the last time he had been inside that QuikTrip was in 2017, and he couldn’t explain how his fingerprints had been left on the door after a robbery, according to the Eagle.
Vliet, if convicted, faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
[Photo: Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Dep’t]
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