Credit union robbery near two Columbia schools causes lockdown

Monday, September 10, 2012 | 5:30 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – The Academic Employees Credit Union located at 2804 W. Ash St. was robbed Monday, causing a lockdown at two nearby schools.

Paxton Keeley Elementary and Smithton Middle School had a modified lockdown that lasted 15 minutes, district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said. A modified lockdown consists of all the exterior doors of both schools being locked until further notice, she said.

Police were dispatched to the credit union at 2:20 p.m., according to a press release. The suspect handed the teller a note demanding money. There were no customers in the credit union at the time of the robbery.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late 20s between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 feet tall with a muscular build. He was last seen wearing a blue hat, orange shirt and gray pants.

Anyone with information on the robbery should call the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS or visit

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Corey Parks September 10, 2012 | 6:08 p.m.

With this being at least the 50th bank robbery in the last few years in Columbia why is it the banks are not protecting themselves. Camera's, security guards, ect. Only one Bank of America has a guard there on a regular basis that I can see.

Also now this is just a suggestion but if they remove the "NO FIREARMS ON PREMISES" signs and allow people to bring in their conceal carry the robbers might think twice about robbing these places and move on down to the businesses in the downtown area.

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Ie'shia McDonald September 20, 2012 | 12:43 a.m.

You've raised a very good point about the lack of security guards. I'm not sure if local banks in Columbia have been trying to improve their security, but I will definitely look into it. Thank you for your comment.

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