Restaurant manager robbed while depositing money

Thursday, August 9, 2012 | 12:59 p.m. CDT; updated 3:38 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 9, 2012

COLUMBIA — A 25-year-old man was robbed while making a business deposit at Landmark Bank on Paris Road early Thursday morning.

A male with a rifle approached the victim from behind and demanded the money, before running away with the victim's cash, according to Columbia Police Department news release.

Police did not identify the restaurant and were not available for additional information.

The robber was wearing dark clothing and a mask. He is estimated to be 6-feet tall and 200 pounds.

The victim, a restaurant manager, was not injured, according to the release.

Officers were dispatched around 1:10 a.m. to Landmark Bank, 3100 Paris Road, after the robbery was reported. A K9 unit was called to the scene and tracked the robber, who fled on foot, until the trail ended in a nearby lot, according to the press release. No arrests have been made, and the case is under investigation. 

The department did not release the amount of money taken from the victim.

Police recommend avoiding depositing money at night, taking two people to make a deposit if possible, being aware of surroundings and varying the days and times when making business deposits. They advise victims not to argue with the suspect, according to the press release. 

If anyone has information about this crime or others, contact the Columbia Police at 874-7652, or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477 to remain anonymous. 

Supervising editor is Dan Burley.

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