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Masked man with gun robs West Boulevard FastLane

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 | 11:03 a.m. CDT; updated 12:14 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 24, 2011

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misstated the number of robberies in Columbia last year from Jan. 1 - Aug. 24.

COLUMBIA—A man carrying a handgun and wearing a mask robbed the FastLane convenience store on West Boulevard on Tuesday night, Columbia Police Department Public Information Officer Latisha Stroer said.

The man showed a gun and took an undisclosed amount of money, then ran east from the business, Stroer said. Two clerks and one customer were in the store at the time.

A FastLane clerk called police at 9:35 p.m. Police have not yet found the suspect.

According to Columbia Police Department statistics on raidsonline.com, there have been 58 robberies in Columbia so far this year. In 2010, there were 76 total robberies in the same time period — Jan. 1 through Aug. 24.

This year, 25 of the 58 robberies involved guns. Last year, there were also 25 robberies with guns.

This is the sixth time the West Boulevard FastLane has been the target of a robbery or attempted robbery since 2002, according to the Missourian archives.

Police are not releasing information on what type of mask the suspect was wearing, and the description of him was incomplete.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS or the Columbia Police Department at 874-7652.


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