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Thursday, November 1, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC - Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott hopes the public will recognize an armed robbery suspect who is seen on surveillance video stealing money from a local store last week.

The unidentified suspect is accused of walking into the Dollar General at 319 Beltline Boulevard shortly after 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2012.

The suspect is accused of walking into the store, stealing candy bars and showing a handgun to demand money from the register.

No one was hurt during the armed robbery.

The suspect is described as being a black male possibly between the ages of 30 to 45 years-old, standing 5'8" tall, weighing approximately 160-170 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans and black toboggan or ‘skull’ cap and dark sunglasses.

Shortly before the Dollar General crime, the same suspect is accused of robbing the Hardee’s restaurant located at 3852 Rosewood Drive.

In this case, the suspect allegedly wore the same clothes as in the Dollar General crime.

Witnesses tell CPD that the armed man stood in line at the counter and ordered a cheeseburger and even attempted to pay for the food.

As soon as the cash register door opened, the suspect is accused of pointing a gun at the clerk, walking around the counter, and stealing money.

Also, the same man is believed to be connected to another Dollar General armed robbery.

This one occurred last night (October 30, 2012) at 2900 Leesburg Road at shortly after 2:30 in the afternoon.

According to the victim, the man walked up to the counter with the intention of buying candy.

As soon as the cash register door opened, the suspect is accused of pointing a gun at the clerk, reaching over the counter, and stealing money.

The man was last seen by witnesses wearing the same type of clothing as the two previous armed robberies.

Witnesses tell CPD that the robber got into a Champagne color, 4-door sedan and left the scene.

No one was physically harmed during any of the incidents.

Chief Scott encourages citizens with information about this incident to call, text or submit online, their anonymous tip to Crimestoppers in any of the following ways:

CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.

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

LOG onto: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the red "Submit a tip” tab.

Tipsters could earn a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

If you, or someone you know, have any information regarding any crime, you are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers. You could earn a reward up to $1,000.

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