Posted: Apr 23, 2012 1:52 PM
Updated: Apr 23, 2012 6:36 PM
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police responded to an alarm at approximately 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Boone County National Bank on Walnut Street. Upon arrival, police upgraded the call to a robbery.
Police said a man entered through the front door, verbally demanded money, and headed northbound on Providence Road on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.
"We were over here sawing the street and officer was driving through, lights and sirens on. He went through the intersection and parked on the other side of the street. A few minutes later, more officers showed up," witness Jason Harville of Columbia Public Works said. "They all looked pretty serious."
Police said the suspect did not reveal a weapon and no one inside the bank was harmed.
"They trained really well and they did everything they needed to do," bank spokesperson Andrea Waner said. "They kept everything as minimal as possible.
Waner said the bank offers safety training four times a year and the bank requires employees to attend annually.
The bank closed temporarily after the incident and reopened around noon.