Police seek area robbery suspect

The theft of money,
a car and a purse appear related.
Thursday, August 21, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:32 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

A man suspected of a string of robberies Wednesday in Boone and Callaway counties remained at large Wednesday night, police said.

Police said he same man who robbed the United Security Bank in Kingdom City on Wednesday afternoon may also have stolen a car from a dealership in northeast Columbia and may have snatched the purse of a 61-year-old Columbia woman in front of the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 415 Conley Road.

“The incidents all appear to have been related,” said Columbia Police Sgt. Lloyd Simons.

A car was apparently stolen from a dealership near Business Loop 70 early Wednesday morning, Simons said. The description of the car — a dented, rusted, white two-door sedan — matches the one used in the robbery at Wal-Mart shortly before 9 a.m. and at the bank robbery in Kingdom City, he said.

Columbia police said the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department later recovered a white sedan, bearing the Missouri registration 453-TEX, that may have been used during the robbery of the United Security Bank at 5550 Old U.S. 40 at about 1:30 p.m.

Columbia police described the suspect as a 6-foot-3-inch black man weighing 230 pounds with a large build, muscular shoulders and a pot belly. He was wearing a striped shirt with light colors and dark pants and may have been traveling with a woman with shoulder-length dark hair and a scar on her chin, Columbia police said in a release.

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Department could not be reached for comment.

Simons said police stopped a Columbia city bus at Holly Avenue and Oakland Gravel Road to question a man who fit the description of the suspect. The man was released after police determined he was not linked to any of the robberies, Simons said.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 875-8477.

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