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 875tips.com.