Columbia man turns himself in for involvement in three robberies

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | 4:00 p.m. CDT; updated 10:11 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 17, 2012

COLUMBIA — A man turned himself in to Columbia police Wednesday morning in connection with three September robberies.

Police had been looking for the man, Jeremy Burnett, 18, of Columbia, after identifying him in a surveillance video after the robbery of the Midwest Petroleum Phillips 66 on Sept. 28, police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said.

Stroer said Burnett was charged with one count of second-degree robbery. According to police, here's what occurred:

  • Just after 11:15 p.m. on Sept. 3, a man attempted to take a customer's wallet while the customer waited for his change. The customer supposedly took his wallet back and went outside to call the police at the Petromart Convenience Store at 3850 Range Line St. The man then demanded the clerk give him money from the register. Although the suspect did not mention possession of a weapon, he put his hand under his shirt indicating he had a weapon.

Stroer said Burnett also was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery. According to police, the following is what occurred in those two events:

  • Just before 1 p.m. on Sept. 21, police were dispatched to a robbery at Passions Adult Entertainment Store at 1108 Business Loop 70 E. A man entered the store, demanded money from the clerk, threatened him and indicated he had a gun, though no weapon was displayed.
  • About 4 a.m. on Sept. 28, a clerk who was leaving the Midwest Petroleum Phillips 66 at 126 S. Providence Road was forced back inside by a man who demanded money from the register. The robber also stole two bottles of liquor as he left.

Bail has not been set as of mid-afternoon.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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