West Columbia

August 06, 1993

2 men hold up armored truck at bank

An armed man and an accomplice robbed an armored truck during a routine money delivery to the Columbia Bank at the Harper's Choice Village Center yesterday, making off with a bag cash and a handgun, police said.

About 9:45 a.m., seconds after a fortified Federal Armored Express truck pulled up to bank on Harpers Farm Road, the two men surprised the delivery guard outside the truck and ordered him to hand over a canvas bag filled with money, police said.

Before fleeing, the unarmed man unholstered the guard's gun. The two then fled south on foot toward Kahler Hall, police said. There were no injuries. County police and the FBI are investigating the case.

The robbers are described as black males in their mid-20s, about 6 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 3 inches tall with short hair. The armed man, who weighed about 220 pounds, wore a white shirt. The man who took the guard's gun weighed about 190 pounds and wore a black shirt and black shorts, police said.

POLICE

* Harper's Choice: 5200 block of Rivendell Lane: Someone entered a residence between July 30 and Tuesday, and stole power tools.

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