Howard County police are searching for three suspects accused in the armed robbery of a Columbia Goodwill store this week in which two employees were left bound in a back room, according to a news release.

Police were called to the store in the 9000 block of Snowden River Parkway at approximately 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 for a report of a robbery. The two employees told police three armed men, two with handguns and one with a small knife, ordered the employees to open the store safe. 

Police said the men took cash from the safe and ordered the victims into a back room, where their hands were bound. The suspects then fled and the two employees were able to free themselves and call 911. No one was injured, police said.

Detectives are offering a reward up to $500 for information, according to the release.

The suspects are described as follows: 

  • Suspect 1: black male, 5 feet 10,  medium build, wearing a baseball hat, white T-shirt, khaki shorts, and white tennis shoes, armed with small knife 
  • Suspect 2: black male, wearing baseball hat, black hoodie, dark shoes, armed with handgun 
  • Suspect 3: black male, heavy build, wearing a hat, white T-shirt, khaki shorts, dark shoes, armed with handgun 

Police are asking anyone with information to call 410-313-STOP or download the free smartphone app “iWatchHowardCounty.” Those who provide information will be eligible for a reward, or may remain anonymous.