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Police search for robber in east Columbia

Robbery at Sam's Club
ABC 17 News
Police investigate outside Sam's Club after a woman reported being robbed of her purse in the parking lot on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.


Columbia police searched an area of east Columbia filled with medical and other offices Thursday morning for a robbery suspect.

Several Columbia Police Department and Boone County Sheriff's K-9 cruisers searched Keene Street, up to the I-70 connector, Barrywood drive and Woodridge Drive with at least one police dog for the suspect.

The victim, Nancee Lehnhoff, told ABC 17 News that she was leaving Sam's Club in a motorized cart when a man ran up from behind her, snatched her purse and took off across Highway 63. A Sam's Club employee was able to get her purse and the robber dropped a cellphone, Lehnhoff said.

CPD said in a news release that the suspect has a beard and scar above his eyebrow. He was last seen wearing a green camouflage beanie type hat, khakis and a dark green sweater.

Police called off the search at about 12:30 p.m.

Lehnhoff said she was not hurt and all that was taken from her wallet was some money.

“The main thing is that I wasn't hurt and I’m thankful for that,” said Lehnhoff.

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Matthew Sanders

Matthew Sanders is the digital content director at ABC 17 News.

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Amber Tabeling

Amber joined the ABC 17 News team as a multimedia journalist in December 2019. She was a student-athlete at Parkland College and Missouri Valley College. She hails from a small town in Illinois.


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