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Strikingly similar armed robberies have Columbia Police curious

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At least four armed robberies with striking similarities have Columbia Police wondering if they are dealing with the same suspect or suspects in each case.

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook says each of the robberies have occurred between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. and have involved the suspect robbing victims who were making nighttime money deposits at local banks.

In the first case, which happened back on May 21 on Harbison Boulevard, the suspect pointed a gun at a Dollar Tree employee as she was leaving the store with money and demanded money. Police say the suspect ended up leaving the scene empty-handed, however. The suspect in this case was last seen wearing all black clothing and a black ski mask.

In case number two, two women were approached by another disguised suspect wearing all black clothing and a blue bandana back on May 31. The suspect, according to police, pointed a gun at the women and demanded the deposit they were preparing to place in the deposit box. The women complied, and the suspect quickly fled the scene.

On June 6, another female victim was robbed of her deposit bag at a bank branch on Bush River Road after she dropped it when an armed man approached her.

The most recent incident occurred Monday night on Garners Ferry Road when a masked man with a yellow T-shirt came up to a woman and demanded the deposit bag. Police say the victim threw the bag at the suspect and watched as the man ran off with it.

In the most recent case, the victim provided a more detailed description of the suspect, saying he was a black male, approximately 5'7" and weighing around 170 pounds.

CPD investigators are still working all four cases and trying to determine if it's the same suspect or suspects behind each one.

Police need information in these cases. If you have any, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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