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Columbia police investigate armed robbery at gas station

Breaktime robbery
Several Columbia police officers respond to the BreakTime gas station on Forum Boulevard.

The Columbia Police Department said it is investigating an armed robbery Thursday morning.

Authorities responded to the BreakTime gas station on Forum Boulevard just before 3 a.m.

Police described the suspect as a male wearing a black coat with a hood and wearing what appeared to be camouflage pants.

Break Time robbery suspect
Columbia police released this surveillance image of a man who robbed a Break Time store on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.

Surveillance video at the store showed the robber pointing a gun at the clerk and demanding money. According to police, he managed to get away with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was hurt in the incident.

Police searched the nearby area where they believe the robber escaped on foot. They followed snow tracks leading from the BreakTime parking lot to Forum Boulevard, but they did not find him.

An investigation is underway.

Columbia / Crime / Robbery & Burglary / Top Stories

Molly Stawinoga

Molly Stawinoga is ABC 17’s weekend morning anchor, reporter and producer at ABC 17 News. Molly joined the news team in 2017 while studying political science, journalism and Spanish at the University of Missouri. She is originally from DeKalb, Illinois.



  1. On the police scanner, which all good news organizations monitor 24 hours a day, the suspect was described as a “black male age 45 to 50.” It would be nice if news organizations could provide accurate stories that reduce the suspect description from 50% of the population by just saying male, to about 2% of the population by saying “black male, age 45 to 50.” That might be asking too much.

    The scanner also said the suspect cocked the gun and a cartridge fell out onto the floor and was left behind. Very bad guy. Hope cops catch him soon.

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