Story by Steve Rogers and Brian Jones

Photos by Big Mike Livingston

Cindy’s Shell and River Hill Chevron, both on Main Street, were robbed this week.

According to Columbus Police Department Assistant Chief Fred Shelton, a black male robbed River Hill about 10:30 Tuesday night. Shelton said the robber, whose face was covered, made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen running on foot towards the soccer complex.

Monday night an armed robber made off with cash just before closing time at a Columbus convenience store, and only minutes after a Columbus police officer drove through the store’s parking lot on a security patrol.

The store, known as Cindy’s Shell, at 822 Main Street, at the intersection of Ninth and Main, was robbed at about 9:25 Monday night. The lone bandit came in armed with a handgun, took cash from the clerk and fled on foot south on Ninth Street.

The clerk often locks the store’s door when getting ready to close but had just left it open after the police officer rode through on the nightly business check.

The clerk was described as “rattled” and “shaken” but not injured.

The store was robbed at about the same time of night in December of last year. But store employees say they think this bandit is different from the one who struck before, based on the images in the store’s video surveillance.

Police still are analyzing that video for possible suspects and clues.

The robber is described as a black male with dreadlocks in his hair, about 5-foot, 8 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing all black with a white cloth covering his face.

Store employees say they suspect the man may be a regular customer who is familiar with the store and cased it out before pulling off the heist.

Police aren’t saying how much money was taken.

Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus Police at 662-244-3552 or Crime Stoppers at 800-530-7151.