Armed robber at large after bank robbery

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 | 5:14 p.m. CDT; updated 9:52 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 6, 2014

COLUMBIA — Columbia Police Department is on the lookout for an armed man following a bank robbery in north Columbia.

The man entered the Landmark Bank at 1000 Kennesaw Ridge Road, brandishing a handgun around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday and demanded money from a teller, Columbia police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said.

Officers responded at 2:45 p.m. to the report of a robbery in progress, but the robber had already fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money, Stroer said.

There were no customers inside the bank, according to a Columbia police news release. The robber did not fire the gun, and no one was injured.

The robber ran from the bank, heading northeast. Witnesses described him as a white man 5-feet-6-inches, around 130 pounds and in his early 30s. He was wearing a light-colored jacket and khaki pants and had a bandana covering his face at the time of the robbery, Stroer said.

Boone County Sheriff's Department's K9 Unit is helping to track the suspect. Information related to the robbery or suspicious activity during the time of the crime can be reported to Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers and 875-8477.

Supervising editor is Mary Ryan.

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