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Columbia police search for robbery suspect

Monday, August 13, 2007 | 2:29 p.m. CDT; updated 7:02 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 14, 2008

Columbia - Columbia police on Monday were looking for a man they said robbed a north Columbia convenience store Sunday evening.

At about 6:15 p.m., a man walked into Casey’s General Store, 2520 Rangeline Road, and demanded money, said Columbia police Sgt. Ken Hammond. While the man did not show the 22-year-old clerk a gun, he did indicate he had one, Hammond said.

The man left the store with cash, but Hammond declined to comment on how much money he took.

“We don’t want (the public) to know how much money these thieves are getting,” Hammond said.

While there have been two armed robberies at the store since 2004, this is the first time anyone had robbed the store itself, Hammond said. The other two robberies occurred in the store’s parking lot.

Police described the robber as a black man between 25 and 35 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall and about 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, white pants and a white handkerchief covering his mouth, Hammond said.

Anyone with information about the robbery should call CrimeStoppers, 874-8744.


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