Kaldi's robbery suspect identified

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 6:22 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia police have identified a suspect in the Kaldi's Coffee armed robbery last week.

Investigators issued a warrant for Fulton resident Anthony Paine, 47, on charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.

A robber entered the downtown coffee shop before 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 4 as an employee opened a back door for another employee. He pointed a handgun at the employee and demanded money before leaving on foot toward the parking garage at Eighth and Cherry streets with an undisclosed amount of money.

No one was injured during the robbery though the employee who was threatened was sent home early to recover, according to previous Missourian reporting.

Paine has been found guilty of burglary, robbery and stealing multiple times, according to court records. He most recently pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery in 2004.

His bond was set at $300,000.

Police said Paine should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about the suspect's locations is asked to immediately contact the police at 573-874-7652 or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477 if they want to remain anonymous.

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