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Police believe same man robbed Dollar General, Hardee's

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A still frame of the suspect taken from surveillance video. (Source: Columbia Police Department) A still frame of the suspect taken from surveillance video. (Source: Columbia Police Department)
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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.

The suspect is accused of 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, and 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, who was wearing the same clothes, is accused of robbing the Hardee's restaurant located at 3852 Rosewood Drive.

Witnesses tell police 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.

The same man is believed to be connected to another Dollar General armed robbery, which took place Tuesday 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 said the robber got into a Champagne color, 4-door sedan and left the scene.

Police say they're expecting more.

"Armed Robberies do go up this time of year," said Cpl. Scott Stover.

Stover says this serial robber marks the beginning of their busy season. While homeowners need to keep presents out of sight, and their car doors locked, shoppers need to be on the lookout as well.

"What we see is an increase particularly on Thursday Friday and Saturday, from September to January," said Stover.

"Simply because there's much more money being exchanged, and there's more people out and about to choose from to commit the robberies of."

No one was physically harmed during any of the incidents.

If you have information about the suspect's whereabouts or any of the incidents, you are urged to call, text or submit online, your anonymous tip to Crimestoppers in any of the following ways: Call 1-888-CRIME-SC, Text to CRIMES (274637) and mark the beginning of the message with "TIPSC," followed by the tip information, or 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.

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