On Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at about 3:52 a.m., officers responded to a robbery at Love's Country Store located at 208 W. Pancake Blvd. An arrest warrant was later issued for Codies Antonio Montgomery in regard to the robbery.
On Monday, July 24, 2017 at about 5:30 p.m., the Liberal Police Department Special Response Team served a search warrant at a residence in the 400 block of North Pershing Avenue. The search warrant was obtained for the apprehension of Montgomery. Montgomery was located hiding in the residence and was taken into custody without incident.
Five other persons were arrested at the residence for outstanding warrants and charges of aiding a felon. Taken into custody were a 22 year old male, a 20 year old male, a 28 year old male, a 21 year old female and a 52 year old female. No injuries were reported. All of the suspects are being held at the Seward County Jail.
On Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at about 3:52 a.m., officers responded to an alarm at Love's Country Store located at 208 W. Pancake Blvd. A witness reported a robbery in progress.
Responding officers from the Liberal Police Department and Seward County Sheriff's Office quickly set up a perimeter. The suspect(s) were not immediately located. Evidence near the scene indicated a vehicle was used during the suspect's escape.
Investigators learned that a masked male armed with a gun entered the store. The gun was discharged, however no injuries were reported. The male removed the safe and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money. Two employees were working in the store at the time.
Investigators located evidence near the scene confirming the make and model of the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle was located at a local residence early that afternoon. The damaged safe was located during a subsequent search at the residence.
Investigators have identified a person of interest in this case. No arrests have been made at this time.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Liberal Police Department