Suspect accused of stealing laptop from Americas Best Value Inn

Saturday, December 22, 2012 | 2:47 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Police responded to an armed robbery at the Americas Best Value Inn early Saturday at 1718 N. Providence Road.

Shortly before 4:30 a.m., the suspect was let into the building by a clerk after knocking on a locked door, a Columbia Police Department news release said.

Once in, the suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money, according to the news release. The clerk was able to escape by running out a side door and hiding, and the clerk then called police, the release said.

The suspect took a laptop computer and was gone when officers arrived at the inn.

A K-9 unit attempted to track the suspect but was unsuccessful. Columbia Police Sgt. Joe Bernhard said Saturday morning that he did not know if the building had video surveillance.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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