Columbia man arrested in connection with robberies at Break Time

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | 1:01 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Lequanda I. McGee, 20, of Columbia, was arrested early Wednesday morning in connection with two robberies at a Break Time convenience store.

McGee admitted to his involvement in both incidents, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

The release states at 12:12 a.m. Wednesday morning, a man went to the Break Time convenience store on 301 Nebraska Avenue near Business Loop 70, walked around the counter with his face partly covered by his T-shirt and demanded the cashier open the register. The cashier refused and tried to push the suspect out from behind the counter.

The suspect pushed the cashier back and tried to grab a bottle of alcohol. In the process, he knocked over several bottles and ran out of Break Time.

An officer responding to the 911 call found McGee sitting in an abandoned vehicle about 100 yards away from Break Time, according to the news release. 

The cashier identified McGee as the man who tired to rob the store, and the video footage of the attempted robbery showed McGee's clothes matched that of the person in the surveillance video.

Officers noticed McGee also matched the description of a suspect in a larceny case at the same Break Time on April 22.

In that incident, the suspect covered his face with a bandana, demanded money from the cashier's register and ran away after the cashier handed the money to him.

McGee was arrested for second degree robbery and was in custody at Boone County Jail as of Wednesday morning. Bond was set at $500.

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