Columbia police are questioning five people taken into custody at a local apartment complex several hours after todays 7:45 a.m. armed robbery of the Bi-Lo grocery store at 4464 Devine St.
In that robbery, three men with guns held up the Bi-Lo and made off with an undisclosed amount of money, Columbia police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said.
No one was injured.
The men fled in a white, four-door Mitsubishi sedan with Arkansas plates.
A short time later, police got a tip that men matching the description of the Bi-Lo armed robbers had been seen at Columbia Gardens Apartments, which is in the 4000 block of Plowden Road.
Police moved in to the apartment complex, which is located just off South Beltline Boulevard near the Columbia Hamilton-Owens Airport, and went door-to-door seeking the suspects.