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Man, 19, charged in 3 robberies near The Mall in Columbia

A 19-year-old Columbia man is charged with multiple counts of robbery, assault and theft in three recent robberies near The Mall in Columbia.

Howard County police said Anthony Turner of Hickory Ridge Road was arrested Friday on the parking lot near the Lord & Taylor department store after cries of a purse-snatching victim spurred a 911 call.

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Police said they arrested Turner based on the description offered by the victim, a 56-year-old woman.

After further investigation, police also charged Turner with snatching a 75-year-old woman's purse at the bus stop near Sears on June 4 and with taking a wallet from two boys, ages 13 and 12, at the same bus stop on June 7.


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