COLUMBIA — The Boone County National Bank at 203 E. Walnut St. reopened late Monday morning after a robbery, and the suspect remained at large.
Police were called at 9:35 a.m., and officers were nearby and able to respond soon after, Columbia Police Officer Sean Dutton said.
At about 11 a.m., the premises were calm, with a sign on the building’s front entrance that read, “Temporary emergency closing; bank will be open soon.” Two police vehicles were on the scene, and a third arrived a little later.
Andrea Waner, the bank’s public relations coordinator, said everyone inside the bank was safe and the staff was well-trained and did everything they were supposed to do.
Police Officer Mark Fitzgerald said no weapon was displayed during the robbery. He described the suspect as a man, with facial hair, between 30 and 40 years old, and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue or black pants.
A second alarm that sounded at the bank while officers were still near the scene was a false alarm, Dutton said.
The bank was still closed when the officers left about 11:15 a.m.
The officers also had a police dog on the scene, which they try to do when they have a direction of travel, Fitzgerald said.
Officers said the police would make a statement later in the day.