Columbia Police Investigating Five Armed Robberies
by Heather Graf
COLUMBIA, Tenn. - Police in Columbia are hoping surveillance video will help them identify the men believed to be behind five armed robberies in the past month.
The first incident took place on July 4th, at the Quik Mart on Trotwood Avenue. Ten days later on July 14th, two men robbed the Tobacco Outlet on Nashville Highway.
Next, they hit the Zip Mart on Santa Fe Pike on July 25th, the Dollar General on Nashville Highway on July 28th, and on July 31st, the Tobacco & Beer on Hampshire Pike.
Almost every one of the stores were equipped with surveillance cameras. Investigators say the video, right now, is their biggest lead.
"A lot of situations you have eyewitnesses and what not, but it's nothing as accurate as a surveillance system that actually catches it in the act, gives us the images of what we're dealing with, who we're dealing with, and gives us a better opportunity to know who to look for," said Sergeant Jeremy Haywood with the Columbia Police Department.
The video also shows the similarities between the five robberies. That's why police believe there's a good chance the crimes are all connected.
Haywood says it's fortunate no one's been hurt yet, and they want to make an arrest before that changes.
"We're thankful for that. everybody's been safe. A little shaken up and frightened, but no one's been injured as of yet," he said.
A $1,000 reward is now being offered for any information that leads to an arrest. Call Maury county Crimestoppers at (931) 381-4900.