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A gunman is being sought in the armed robbery of an Orangeburg restaurant, Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said Wednesday.

“This subject forces his way into the restaurant before it opened by pointing a weapon at an employee,” Ravenell said in a release. “The employee is then forced to open a register at gunpoint.”

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigators were called to Fatz Cafe around 9 a.m. Monday after a 911 caller reported the robbery.

An employee said he was inside the St. Matthews Road restaurant preparing the kitchen for the day when the rear door bell rang.

Believing a newly-hired employee was showing up for work, the employee opened the door only to find a handgun being pointed at him.

The employee said he was ordered to open a cash register near the front of the business where a quantity of cash was taken.

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The gunman then fled the area in an unknown direction.

However, security video at a nearby business captured footage of a suspect getting into what appears to be a white van.

The suspect is believed to be a light-skinned male standing between 5 feet 7 inches and 6 feet tall while weighing around 175 pounds.

He is said to have been wearing all black and carrying a camouflage book bag.

The beard and glasses seen on the suspect are believed to have been fake.

If anyone has any information on the subject or vehicle seen in the security camera photos, they are urged to call the sheriff’s office at 803-531-4647 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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