Connection Possible in Recent Boone County Robberies

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BOONE COUNTY -  The Boone County Sheriff's Department and the Columbia Police Department said they are not ruling out the possibility of a connection between two recent robberies. One happened in the 4000 block of Oakland Gravel Road on Oct. 27, and the most recent happened at about 11:40 p.m. Monday on Rocky Fork Drive. The locations of both incidents are about three miles apart.

CPD said it is working with the sheriff's department to determine if the same suspects are involved in both cases. In the Rocky Fork Drive incident, three males reportedly assaulted a man walking to his car on the street. The sheriff's department reports they were wearing hoodies and bandannas covering their faces.

The Oakland Gravel Road incident involved three armed suspects wearing black clothes and black masks covering their faces. They broke into two residences in the area.

Both incidents also involved violence toward victims. One suspect reportedly choked a victim on the scene. The sheriff's department reports the victim in the Rocky Fork Drive incident received injury treatment at a local hospital.

Despite these reports, Mitsy Roberts, a teacher at a preschool in the area, is not too worried about kid's safety. "We always lock up the doors, even when we're in the building," Roberts said.

Detective Tom O'Sullivan of the sheriff's department said there is not enough information at this point to establish a connection, but the two law enforcment agencies are working together on the investigation.  O'Sullivan also said the sheriff's department sees higher crime rates in rental properties, and they are common in this area.