Columbia businesses victims of armed robbery; no arrests made

Saturday, September 24, 2011 | 8:05 p.m. CDT; updated 11:24 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 24, 2011

COLUMBIA — Two local businesses were robbed at gunpoint Saturday afternoon within about 20 minutes of each other.

A robber held up Bocomo Bay, 1122 Wilkes Blvd, at 5:32 p.m. The man carried a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. 

The man fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured.

The store was also robbed Friday.

A man matching the same description robbed Church's Chicken, 308 Business Loop 70 W., at 5:56 p.m. The robber produced a handgun and demanded money from the cashier.

The man fled toward Jefferson Street with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured.

The robber is described as a 5-feet-10-inch to 5-feet-11-inch black male in his 20s with a thin build. The man was last seen wearing all black clothing and a bandana that covered his face.

The description of the suspect fits that of three recent robberies, all of which occurred within a one-and-a-half mile radius.

No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.

Police request that anyone with information on the recent robberies call the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS (8477).

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