Bank robbery prompts school lockdown; no one injured

Thursday, February 23, 2012 | 11:54 a.m. CST; updated 3:26 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 23, 2012

COLUMBIA — Landmark Bank, at 10 N. Garth Ave., was robbed Thursday morning.

The suspect presented a teller with a note demanding money and implied he had a concealed weapon, according to a Columbia Police Department news release. Police were dispatched to the bank around 10 a.m.

There were no injuries, but the suspect left the bank on foot in an unknown direction with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect, according to the release, is a white male, 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-10 and weighs 160 pounds to 170 pounds. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and glasses.

The robbery prompted a lock down at Grant Elementary School and Douglass High School, but it was lifted shortly before 11 a.m.

The schools were put on lock down around 10:20 a.m. after John White, the school district's director of security, was notified about the robbery.

Assistant Superintendent Wanda Brown said it was a precautionary measure because of the bank's location near the schools.

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Richard Saunders February 23, 2012 | 3:52 p.m.

Given all of the cameras I see on banks, just how did he manage to escape in an unknown direction?

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Harold Sutton February 23, 2012 | 5:32 p.m.

And just where was CFJ once this had been called in to the CPD?

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