Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia police are investigating several cases of robberies or attempted robberies of people making a bank deposit for their business.
Columbia Police say the first incident happened back on May 21st, while the most recent happened Monday night. No injures were reported in any of the crimes
Investigators say while the cases are similar, police are not yet sure if there is an connection between them.
Here is a brief synopsis of each case, provided by Columbia Police detectives:
Attempted Armed Robbery
256-D Harbison Boulevard
During this incident, a female victim tells CPD Officers that she was approached by an armed robber as she left the store. She was in the process of driving to a local bank to make the night deposit for the business. She says the man pointed a gun at her and demanded money. The robber allegedly searched the victim for the money, and then ran away from the scene. No money was stolen. The robber was reportedly last seen wearing all black and with a black ski mask on his face. A CPD Officer escorted the victim to a local bank to safely make the deposit. The victim was not physically harmed.
331 Harbison Boulevard
Two female victims drove to a Harbison area bank to make a night deposit when they say the male suspect approached the vehicle and pointed a gun at them to demand money. The victims complied and the suspect ran away. The victims were not physically harmed.
June 6, 2014
330 Bush River Road
A female victim tells CPD that an armed robber approached her when she exited her vehicle to make the deposit at a Bush River Road bank. The female says she dropped the bag, screamed and ran to a nearby business. Two co-workers were with the main victim at the time; no one was physically harmed.
June 16, 2014
7547 Garners Ferry Road
CPD Officers responded to 7547 Garners Ferry Road last night. A female victim says an armed robber stole money as she was attempting to make a night deposit for her employer. The victim tells CPD that she threw the money bag at the robber. The suspect ran away. The victim was not physically harmed.
Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com. You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.