Police are investigating a commercial burglary and gas station robbery

Friday, December 31, 2010 | 5:43 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Police have made one arrest and are working to identify two other suspects after a commercial burglary early Thursday morning.

Police also are seeking two men in connection to a gas station robbery that occurred last week.

At about 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Columbia police responded to a call about a burglary in progress at Kilgore's Pharmacy, 700 N. Providence Road, a release from the Police Department stated. The witness who called it in reported seeing a man attempt to throw a brick through the front of the pharmacy.

When officers arrived they saw a man running from the pharmacy, the release stated. He attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended in the parking lot of Oak Towers on North Garth Avenue.

Fabian Goldman, 18, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, first-degree property damage and stealing. He was being held in the Boone County Jail with a bond of $30,000 as of 3:30 p.m. Friday.

After reviewing a video of the burglary, officers saw three men use a brick to break into a car in the parking lot of the pharmacy, the release stated. The video also showed the men breaking into the store. One of the men stayed outside as a lookout while the other two entered the business through the broken glass and stole the cash register from the business.

Police identified Goldman as one of the three men, the release stated. Officers are investigating the identity of the other two men.

Columbia Police were called to a robbery in progress about 4 a.m. on Dec. 21 at Midwest Petroleum, 2712 Paris Road, a Columbia Police Department release stated.

When officers arrived, the clerk working said two men in dark clothing and masks displayed handguns and entered the gas station. One of the men entered an enclosed area where the clerk was working, while the other stayed outside.  The man then took money from the cash register, the release stated. Both men then fled. The clerk was not injured during the robbery.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department attempted to track the suspects with their K9 unit but were unsuccessful, the release stated.

No suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with any information about either of these incidents is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 875-8477.

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