A burglar gave a store worker a horrid surprise Tuesday morning when the worker opened Sally Beauty Supply in Columbia and found him there.
The burglar then threatened the woman, took money and fled.
"The victim was not physically harmed," said Columbia Police Department chief Randy Scott in a press release.
Police suspect the man got entry to the story by means of an adjoining business that is undergoing renovations.
Sally Beauty Supply, 7457 Patterson Rd., is near the Wal-Mart Superstore Shopping Center on Garners Ferry Road.
Scott said police are searching for the man, described as black, 25-30, about 6 ft., with a medium build and dark clothing.
Anyone with knowledge of the case is asked to call Crimestoppers. Tips can be given anonymously and tipsters can receive cash rewards for productive information.
-- John Monk