Three robberies under investigation

Tuesday, January 25, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:43 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Columbia police are investigating three armed robberies that occurred over the weekend.

The first robbery occurred at 12:07 a.m. on Saturday in the 1500 block of Hinkson Avenue. The victim, a 46-year-old Columbia man, was approached in his apartment building’s parking lot, according to a Columbia Police Department media release. The robber then showed a handgun and demanded that the man empty his pockets.

At 7:10 p.m. on Sunday, two women, both 23, were approached in the 2300 block of Whitegate Drive by a man who asked for directions, according to police. The man then brandished a handgun and demanded that the women turn over their wallets.

The most recent robbery was at 2:38 a.m. on Monday at the Phillips 66 convenience store on College Avenue North. Again, police say the robber flashed a handgun and demanded cash from the clerk, a 29-year-old Columbia man. The robber allegedly obtained an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the store.

The suspect was last seen running east on Hinkson Avenue.

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

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