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Suspect remains at large in Boone County National Bank robbery

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 | 12:42 p.m. CDT; updated 1:52 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 6, 2012

COLUMBIA — A suspect remained at large in a reported robbery that occurred Wednesday morning at Boone County National Bank.

Columbia police received a holdup alarm call from the bank, located at 2711 W. Broadway, at 9:17 a.m. Wednesday.

The suspect entered the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department. He displayed a gun and then fled the scene on foot heading northwest with an undisclosed amount of money.

Customers were present during the time of the incident, but no injuries were reported, according to the release.

The suspect was described as a white male in his 30s between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall with long brown hair. He was last seen wearing a dark jacket, a dark baseball cap and dark shorts, according to the release.

Officers were investigating the robbery, but the suspect had not been identified.

Public Information Officer Stephanie Drouin said this is the fifth bank robbery reported in Columbia this year.

Two occurred in February at Landmark Bank on Garth Avenue and Boone County National Bank on Paris Road. The suspect in both of those robberies has been apprehended, Drouin said.

Another robbery occurred in April at Boone County National Bank on Walnut Street. The suspect in that case is thought to have committed a robbery in May at Landmark Bank on Nifong Boulevard, after which he was hospitalized after fleeing officers in Cooper County. He has also been arrested and charged.

The police ask anyone with information on the latest robbery to contact Crime Stoppers at 875-8477 or at 875tips.com.

Supervising editor is Ann Elise Taylor.


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