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UPDATE: Columbia woman arrested in connection with 12 robberies

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 | 4:04 p.m. CST; updated 10:16 p.m. CST, Wednesday, December 14, 2011

COLUMBIA — A woman arrested Tuesday confessed responsibility for multiple robberies over the past three months, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

On Tuesday afternoon, police pulled over a van with a missing front license plate. The van looked like one seen in surveillance videos of several robberies. The driver, Jessica M. Harris, 23, of Columbia, was wanted on suspicion of receiving stolen property. She was taken to the Police Department.

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During interviews with police, Harris said she had committed multiple robberies, the release stated. Detectives used information she gave to solve 12 robberies that happened at Columbia businesses between Sept. 22 and Dec. 8.

The person robbing those businesses was armed with a handgun, according to previous Missourian articles. No one was injured.

Most witnesses described the robber as a black man of thin build, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, according to previous articles. The person had head and face covered and usually wore unisex clothing such as a sweatshirt or coat, Public Information Officer Jill Schlude said in an email.

It's not known how much money Harris is suspected of taking, Schlude said. Police are still investigating whether other people were involved in the robberies.

Police suspect Harris of having robbed these Columbia businesses: Sept. 22, Break Time, 2402 Paris Road; Sept. 23, Ballenger Liquor, 2201 Ballenger Lane; Sept. 23, BoCoMo Bay, 1122 Wilkes Blvd.; Sept. 23, Church's Chicken, 308 Business Loop 70 W.; Sept. 24, BoCoMo Bay, 1122 Wilkes Blvd.; Sept. 24, Domino's Pizza, 1521 Towne Drive; Nov. 11, Subway, 606 Bus Loop 70 E.; Nov. 24, Range Line Liquor, 907 Rainforest Pkwy.; Nov. 24, Petro Mart, 5612 St. Charles Road; Nov. 26, Dollar General, 801 Vandiver Drive; Dec. 1, Little Caesar's Pizza, 3001 W. Broadway; and Dec. 8, Break Time, 2402 Paris Road.

Harris is being held at the Boone County Jail on suspicion of 11 counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of second-degree robbery, the release stated. Her bond was set at $225,000.


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