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Columbiana Centre increases security after second armed robbery in a week

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbiana Centre mall management has stepped up security following the second lunchtime armed robbery in a week at the Harbison area shopping center.  

The most recent incident, an attempted robbery, happened just before noon on Tuesday at Buckle, according to the Columbia Police Department. A clerk told investigators the man threatened her with a kitchen knife as she opened a dressing room for him and demanded money from the register.

When the clerk was not able to open the register, the man ran from the store.

Mall managers released a surveillance image of a man they believe to be connected with the attempted robbery. The letter asks store managers and employees to call 911 immediately if they see someone matching the photo. Those surveillance photos are attached to this story.

On January 22, the Zumiez Clothing Store was robbed shortly before noon in a similar manner. Investigators said a male clerk was approached by a man wielding a knife.

That robber managed to leave the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

"While there are similarities between the two cases, CPD continues to determine if the same suspect committed both crimes," said a news release from the police department.

Both stores are located in the wing that includes Dillard's and JCPenney.

Columbiana Centre general manager Andrew Peach says he believes the incidents are connected with similar robberies in Myrtle Beach and Charleston. CPD is working with law enforcement partners in those areas to determine if the incidents are connected or not.

Peach says mall management is taking all necessary precautions and have increased security.

If you know anything about either of these incidents or recognize the man in the surveillance photo, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Your anonymous information could get you a cash reward.

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