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A gunman entered the Family Dollar on Russell Street and demanded a refund on a prepaid cellphone and card.

The man entered the store shortly after 3 p.m. Friday seeking a refund on a cellphone and card he purchased, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

The store manager said it was not the store's policy to provide refunds on the item.

The man told the store manager, "It's not going to go like that," according to the report.

The manager tried to provide a phone number for the man to call with any complaints, but the man said, "Don't give me that number.” He presented a black 9 mm handgun, the report said.

The gunman was then issued an $80.83 refund. He left in a black Ford Five Hundred.

In other reports:

• Deputies responded to a call at 2:30 p.m. Friday about a man running into traffic.

He was found near a drainage ditch on the side of the road.

The man was “acting erratically” as if he were under the influence, the report said. He was, “talking to people that were not there and using a rock as if it were a cellphone.”

He was placed in an ambulance. He later admitted he had been “hot railing” methamphetamines, the report said.

Upon arriving at the Regional Medical Center, the man escaped from his restraint, used profane language to hospital staff and refused treatment.

He was taken into custody for alleged public disorderly conduct.

The man had to be dragged to a patrol vehicle and, “used his legs to lock onto any available object he could find,” the report said.

None of the deputies were injured in the arrest.

• The Vance First Stop convenience store was burglarized early Friday morning.

Someone entered the store on Old Number Six Highway and caused extensive damage and stole $100 worth of coins from the business.

A pipe was damaged near the building's water heater, causing the business to flood.

The office door of the store was also damaged and coins were missing from a file cabinet.

The store’s fence was also damaged.

The total damage to the business is estimated to be about $3,000.

• A Cordova couple reported their vehicles were broken into Saturday night at a Cannon Bridge Road residence.

Both vehicles had their Interior steering wheel paneling removed and wires were disconnected.

Someone stole a black rifle and hunting gear from the GMC. The items are valued at about $1,350.

A Smith and Wesson pistol with laser sights and a bow and arrow were stolen from the Toyota. The items stolen from the Toyota are valued at $1,050.

• An Orangeburg man reported his red 2001 GMC Sonoma pickup truck was stolen from the front yard of his Cannon Bridge Road home Sunday morning. The vehicle was missing the front bumper.

The vehicle is valued at $3,000.

• A Rivelon Road man said someone stole about $1,400 worth of tools from his toolbox located in the back of his white Chevy Colorado on Friday.

• A Patrick Loop residence was broken into Saturday night.

The following items were stolen: a Playstation 4, several pairs of sneakers, a Sony PS4 and two wireless controllers.

The items are valued at $1,160.

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety

An Orangeburg man reported his Gen 5 Glock 9 millimeter pistol was stolen Thursday afternoon from his 2013 green Challenger. The incident occurred on Waring Street.

The man said the gun was on the driver's seat floor of the unlocked Challenger.

It is valued at $600.

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Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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