UPDATE: Boone County businesses victims of armed robbery; no arrests made

Saturday, September 24, 2011 | 11:23 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Two businesses — one in Columbia and one near Midway — were robbed Saturday night, bringing the day's total armed robbery count to four.

A Domino's Pizza, 1621 Towne Drive, was robbed at 8:40 p.m. A Columbia Police Department news release stated a man entered the store, showed a gun and demanded money from the cashier. The man left the store and ran west, the release said.

Midway Little General, 6751 Highway 40, was robbed at 8:18 p.m. Saturday, according to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

When officers arrived at Midway Little General, the store clerk said a man entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money, the release said. The clerk then said the man left the store and ran away.

Two other 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. As with the other incidents, the man carried a handgun and demanded money from the clerk, the news release stated. He fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured. The same 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 news release stated.

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 robber fits that of three recent robberies, all of which occurred within a one-and-a-half mile radius.

No arrests have been made, and no one has been injured in any of the incidents. The investigation is ongoing.

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

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