At approximately 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 27, Columbia Police responded to a report of a strong-arm robbery that occurred in the parking lot at Sam's Club, 101 Conley Road.
Upon arrival, the officers were told that a male had grabbed a female's purse and fled toward Highway 63. The first responding officer observed the suspect crossing Highway 63 eastbound and called for additional assistance from officers.
CPD officers established a perimeter, but were not able to locate the suspect. A Boone County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officer assisted and scanned the areas of Keene Street, up to the I-70 connector, over to Berrywood Drive and Woodridge Drive, when the search was terminated.
The suspect, who escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash, was described as a white male with a beard in his 40s who has a scar on his eyebrow. He was last seen wearing a green camouflage beanie type hat with a dark green sweater with brown khaki pants.
The victim was not injured. This is an ongoing investigation, there are no further details to provide at this time.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.
Case Number: 2020-001825