You are here

Justice News

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Indictment: Running Store Employee Stole Merchandise Worth $200,000+

WICHITA, KAN. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging an Olathe man who worked at a store catering to runners with stealing more than $250,000 in merchandise, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

 

Craig W. Sullivan, 41, Olathe, Kan., is charged with 10 counts of wire fraud and three counts of mail fraud. The indictment alleges the crimes occurred while Sullivan worked for Garry Gribble’s Running Sports, which has five locations in the Kansas City area. Sullivan oversaw merchandise arriving at the main store in Overland Park. He was responsible for distributing merchandise to the other locations.

 

The indictment alleges Sullivan stole merchandise -- mainly Garmin GPS running watches – and sold them to an individual in California who operated an online business on eBay. Sullivan shipped the stolen merchandise to California via the U.S. Postal Service and received payment via PayPal. The indictment alleges he received 51 payments totaling about $275,780.

 

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The U.S. Postal Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley is prosecuting.

 

Other Indictments

 

 

Andre U. Randle, 36, who is in custody, is charged with one count of bank robbery. The indictment alleges that on Feb. 1, 2017, he robbed the U.S. Bank at 10959 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. According to court documents, he gave a clerk a note saying, “I have 2 guns. Don’t make me use them,” before leaving the bank with stolen cash in a purple pillow case. Officers of the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department stopped his car in the 6900 block of Troop and arrested him.

 

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley is prosecuting.

 

 

Brandon V. Wells, 22, Wichita, Kan., is charged with executing a series of commercial robberies in Wichita. The charges include:

 

Count one: Robbing Circle K at 1250 S. Rock on Jan. 27, 2017.

Count two: Robbing O’Reilly Auto Parts at 4818 E. Lincoln on Jan. 28, 2017.

Count three: Robbing O’Reilly Auto Parts at 4635 S. Broadway on Jan. 30, 2017.

Count four: Robbing O’Reilly Auto Parts at 4130 W. Central on Feb. 4, 2017.

Count five: Robbing Auto Zone at 3320 N. Rock on Feb. 5, 2017.

Count six: Robbing O’Reilly Auto Parts at 3109 E. Pawnee on Feb. 6, 2017.

Count seven: Brandishing a firearm during the Feb. 6, 2017, robber at O’Reilly Auto Parts at 3109 E. Pawnee.

Count eight: Robbing O’Reilly Auto Parts at 4818 E. Lincoln on Feb. 6, 2017.

Count nine: Brandishing a firearm during the Feb. 6, 2017, robbery at O’Reilly Auto Parts at 4818 E. Lincoln.

 

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each robbery count, and not less than seven years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count of brandishing a firearm. The Wichita Police Department, the FBI and the Safe Streets Task Force investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

 

 

Luis A. Mendez-Aguirre, 35, San Elizareo, Texas, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The crime is alleged to have occurred Feb. 3, 2017, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

 

If convicted, he faces up 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst is prosecuting.

 

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

Updated February 16, 2017