June 17, 2014

Columbia police investigate string of recent armed robberies

Over the past month, four employees making nighttime deposits were approached by armed men.

Officials with the Columbia Police Department are investigating the connections between four armed robberies over the past four weeks.

The four robberies, which each involved a business employee attempting to make nighttime money deposits at local banks, all occurred between 9 and 11 p.m. CPD investigators are working to determine if the same suspect or suspects committed the crimes.

In each case, the victims complied with the armed robbers’ demands and were not physically harmed during the incidents.

Here are details of the four robberies:

On May 21, at 256-D Harbison Blvd., a female victim was approached by an armed robber as she left a store, preparing to make a deposit. The suspect pointed a gun and demanded money. After searching the victim for money, the suspect ran from the scene. No money was stolen. The robber was last seen wearing all black and a black ski mask on his face.

On May 31, at 331 Harbison Blvd., two female victims drove to a bank to make a deposit. A male suspect approached the victims and pointed a gun at them. The victims complied and the suspect ran away. The robber is described as a black male, last seen wearing all black clothing with a black cap, and blue bandana.

On June 6, at 330 Bush River Road, a female victim told officers that she was approached when she left her vehicle to make a deposit at a Bush River Road bank. The victim said she dropped the bag, screamed and ran to a nearby business. Two coworkers were also with her.

And on June 16, at 7547 Garners Ferry Road, a female victim told officers that she was robbed as she attempted to make a night deposit for her employer. The victim threw the money at the robber and he ran away. The suspect is described as a black male, about 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black mask on his face and a yellow shirt.

If you know anything about these crimes, you can earn a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect by:

Calling 888-CRIME-SC;

Texting to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with "TIPSC,” followed by the tip information;

Or visting, and click on the red Submit a tip tab.

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