Armed man accused of robbing Columbia Break Time
COLUMBIA - A man was on the loose late Tuesday night after police said he tried to rob a Break Time while armed.
A statement from Columbia Police Officer Latisha Stroer said officers were dispatched to the gas station at 200 North Providence Road at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday.
Police said an armed man demanded money from the clerk after entering the store.
The man ran out of the store with the money, heading east toward an AVIS Car Rental, according to Stroer. The uninjured clerk ran after the man but did not catch him.
Police said they found tracks in the snow leading to a vehicle in the Columbia Tribune parking lot, leading officers to close off Ash Street and make a felony traffic stop.
The Columbia Police Department said the driver of the vehicle was not involved in the robbery.
Stroer said the investigation was ongoing Tuesday night, and anyone with information should call CPD or CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.
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