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      Sixth robbery in one month at Columbia Petro Mart

      It was the sixth time a Columbia Petro Mart has been robbed during the past month.

      There was another robbery at a Columbia Petro Mart convenience store early Monday morning.

      Columbia police are looking for a man who robbed the Petro Mart near the intersection of Highway 63 and Route AC shortly after 2 a.m.

      That??s the sixth time a Columbia Petro Mart has been robbed during the past month.

      Police investigators have officers stop by all of Columbia??s convenience stores on a regular basis to help keep things safe, but they said they can??t be everywhere all of the time and they count on convenience store clerks to help them find suspects.

      During this latest robbery, witnesses say a black man wearing a black hat, a hoodie and a ski mask displayed a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of money. Investigators found the suspect??s footprints in the snow on the west side of the building. Authorities believe the suspect got away in a vehicle that was in a parking lot north of the store where the footprints ended. No one was hurt. Surveillance video of the robbery is not available at this time, and authorities are counting on store employees to help them with their investigation.

      Columbia police officer Latisha Stroer said, ??We need as much information as you can remember from the person that??s committing the robbery. Notify us right away. Don??t have any delay in calling or hitting the emergency buttons once a robbery has occurred. Try to get the best information on the direction of travel, as much as possible, and a description of the person.??

      Stroer said robbers usually don??t get very much money during a convenience store robbery because employees have very little cash on hand. Store policies require clerks to deposit most of their cash into a safe that??s not accessible.

      Authorities tell convenience store clerks to always cooperate with robbers and never try to be a hero. They say no amount of money is worth risking a human life.

      If you have any information about Monday morning??s petro mart robbery, call Columbia CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS.