Break Time, Ballenger Liquor robbed in 20 minutes

Friday, September 23, 2011 | 12:55 p.m. CDT; updated 7:26 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 23, 2011

COLUMBIA — Two businesses were robbed at gunpoint within 20 minutes of each other Thursday night.

A Break Time convenience store on 2402 Paris Road was robbed at 9 p.m. The suspect pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money, then ran from the store, said Latisha Stroer, spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Department.

No shots were fired, no one was hurt, and an undisclosed amount of money was stolen, according to a news realease from the Columbia Police Department.

The suspect was described as a approximately 5-feet-10-inch black man with a thin build. He was wearing all-black clothing, and a bandana was covering his face. 

At 9:18 p.m., a suspect with the same description ran into Ballenger Liquor on 2201 Ballenger Lane, according to the news release. He again demanded money from the clerk with a handgun and ran from the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

No one was injured and no shots were fired in the second robbery, the release stated. The suspect was not seen getting into a car in either robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS (8477).

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