Columbia man still sought in connection with convenience store robberies

Thursday, July 4, 2013 | 6:34 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Police were still seeking a Columbia man Thursday in connection with two armed robberies that occurred last week.

Larry Blackwell Cole, 40, remained a suspect in the robberies that took place around 2 a.m. June 26, according to a release from the Columbia Police Department. The first robbery occurred at Midwest Petroleum, 101 E. Nifong Blvd., and the second took place at Break Time Convenience Store, 1410 Forum Blvd.

Police charged John Dean Meadows of Columbia on Tuesday in relation to the robberies with two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of first-degree attempted robbery, according to court records. Bond was set at $150,000, but Meadows was no longer being held in Boone County Jail by 6 p.m. Thursday, according to the jail's website.

Anyone with information about Cole’s location is requested to contact the Columbia Police Department at 442-6131. Those wanting to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 875-8477.

Supervising editor is Jake Kreinberg.

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