Convenience store robbed at gunpoint

Saturday, December 1, 2007 | 5:40 p.m. CST; updated 10:12 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 15, 2008

COLUMBIA — A West Boulevard convenience store was robbed early Saturday, Columbia police said.

Fastlane Convenience Store, 1013 N. West Blvd., was robbed at about 1:56 a.m. Saturday, police said in a news release.

Police said the employees on duty reported that the suspect came in carrying a handgun and demanded money.

The suspect was described as wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, a blue baseball cap, white sunglasses, gloves, tennis shoes and a blue bandana over his face.

“We have noticed a crime spike in Columbia recently, but there is no reason to see a correlation between this robbery and other ones,” said Columbia police Sgt. Dianne Bernhard.

The suspect fled the business with an undisclosed amount of money, according to the news release.

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

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