Traffic stop leads to arrest of man wanted in multiple Topeka armed robberies

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Topeka Police Monday night arrested a 36-year-old man who was wanted in connection with a string of recent armed robberies to businesses including Walmart and Vanderbilt’s. Officers spotted Terrance Hartz during a traffic stop in the 1200 block of SW Taylor. Hartz was arrested and booked into the Shawnee County Jail for several robbery warrants and a parole violation from the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Police said Hartz is connected to an armed robbery at the Walmart neighborhood store at 335 SW MacVicar on December 30 and a robbery at Vanderbilt’s at 3021 SW Topeka Blvd. on January 5.

Records show Hartz served prison time at the El Dorado and Lansing Correctional facilities beginning in 2016 for multiple theft convictions but had failed to report for parole in December 2018.

Hartz is jailed without bond. Police are asking anyone with more information about Hartz or any recent armed robbery to a local business to contact the Topeka Police Criminal Investigation Bureau at (785) 368-9400 or Shawnee County Crime Stoppers at (785) 234-0007. You can also make anonymous tips online at

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