Police report series of weekend cab driver robberies

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Police say there was a rash of cabbies being robbed at gunpoint over the weekend in Columbia and the suspects are still on the loose.

The two male suspects apparently called for rides, then pull guns on the victims and demand money, according to officials.

Investigators say the first robbery took place Friday around 5:30 a.m. when a Blue Ribbon cab driver was called to 3622 High Circle

The second happened around 3 a.m. Sunday when a Yellow Checker cab driver was called to 739 Carnegie Street. Police say the driver was asked to take the suspects to the address where the original robbery happened when they fired shots at the victim.

No injuries were reported from either incident.

One suspect is described as a black male, 20-30 years old wearing dreadlocks, white shorts, a blue shirt and blue bandana.

The Columbia Police Department has offered safety tips to several cab companies to help them minimize the chance of their employees becoming victims of violent crimes, Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott says.

Those safety tips include:

Know your emergency proceduresRely on the cab radio during an emergencyKeep doors and windows lockedBe aware of your surroundingsBe aware of your passengers (Make a mental note of their appearance in case you need to identify them later)Don TMt flash money or jewelryDo not resist a robbery

If you have any information that may help investigators you're urged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.