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Police investigating armed robbery of Columbus business


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Columbus Police Department has released this video surveillance photo of the man suspected of armed robbery of the Check 'n Go in Eastbrook Plaza.
Columbus Police Department has released this video surveillance photo of the man suspected of armed robbery of the Check 'n Go in Eastbrook Plaza.


COLUMBUS, Ind. — Police are investigating an alleged armed robbery of a Columbus business, during which employees were forced at gunpoint into a back room and the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money.

However, nobody was injured during the incident at about 6:04 p.m. Friday at Check n' Go, 2634 Eastbrook Plaza, Columbus Police Department spokesman Sgt. Matt Harris said.

Employees of the business, which provides instant cash advances, told police that the suspect was a black male about 5-foot-8 with a medium build who appeared to be in his late 20s, Harris said. Photos taken by a video surveillance camera show the suspect was last seen wearing a gray-hooded sweatshirt with a black T-shirt under it, and light-colored shorts.

The suspect displayed a handgun after entering the store and forced all the employees into a bathroom located in the back of the building, Harris said.

They were ordered to stay in the bathroom indefinitely, and when the employees finally emerged they discovered the suspect had made off with an undetermined amount of cash, Harris said.

Investigators have interviewed witnesses at surrounding stores to see if they saw the suspect flee on foot, or get into a vehicle, the police spokesman said.

Detective Brian Plummer is checking with business owners at adjacent stores to see if they might have surveillance video or other information that could help in the investigation, Harris said.

As of 8 p.m., investigators did not know the suspect's identity or his whereabouts, Harris said.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact Plummer at 376-2600.

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