Leavenworth authorities are investigating a carjacking and robbery that may be connected, according to the police chief.

Leavenworth authorities are investigating a carjacking and robbery that may be connected, according to the police chief.

The carjacking was reported at 11:23 p.m. Monday at the Leavenworth Taco Bell, 2925 S. Fourth St.

The suspect, who was armed with a handgun, approached the passenger side of a 2013 Subaru vehicle that was in the drive-through lane of the restaurant.

Victims and witnesses reported hearing what sounded like a gunshot, Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said.

“The suspect ordered the occupants out of the car,” Kitchens said. “They got out.”

The suspect drove away in the vehicle.

Police officers canvassed the area and found the vehicle abandoned near Second and Limit streets.

A police canine was used to track the suspect. The canine led officers to the Woodland Village apartment complex, located off of Limit Street. Along the way, police found items that had been removed from the car.

The canine lost the trail of the suspect in the area of the apartment complex.

Kitchens said the suspect was described as a black man with a thin build. His face was covered by a bandana.

Officers did not find any signs of a gunshot such as a shell casing or bullet hole.

The robbery was reported at 2:03 a.m. Tuesday at the 7-Eleven store at 701 Metropolitan Ave.

An armed man reportedly robbed the store. Only one other person, an employee, was in the store at the time.

The suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of money before police officers arrived.

The police canine was again used to track the suspect. The dog led officers to the 700 block of Pawnee Street before losing the trail. Kitchens said officers found single dollar bills along the way.

The suspect from the robbery also was described as a thin black man who was wearing a bandana.

Kitchens said there are enough similarities for police to examine whether the crimes are connected.

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