Columbia man arrested in connection with three commercial robberies

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 | 3:36 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was arrested on suspicion of three counts of second degree burglary shortly before midnight on Tuesday.

Robert A. Johnson, 26, was arrested in connection with burglaries that occurred within about an hour and a half of each other at local businesses Tuesday evening, said Latisha Stroer, Public Information Officer for the Columbia Police Department.

Music equipment was stolen from Music Go Round, 2609 E. Broadway, at 9:10 p.m. Surveillance video showed that the man who stole the equipment had been in the business earlier that day, according to a news release from the police department.

A man was also seen breaking into Play It Again Sports, 1206 W. Business Loop 70, at 9:18 p.m. A witness at a nearby hotel saw the man enter the business using a tire iron and drive away in a Chevrolet Impala, Stroer said. The witness provided a description and registration information on the car.

An undisclosed amount of money was stolen from the business.

The third burglary occurred at Great Clips Hair Salon, 2703 E. Broadway, at 10:25 p.m. Hair products were stolen.

An officer in the area of the third burglary saw the car described by the witness traveling eastbound on Interstate 70, Stroer said. Officers made a traffic stop and saw stolen items in plain view in the car, the release stated.

Johnson, of 1540 Timber Creek Drive, was identified as the driver. He is being held at Boone County Jail.

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