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Witnesses say a masked, armed 17-year-old entered Papa John’s at 2372 Chestnut St. at 10:20 p.m. on Jan. 2 and removed money from the safe.

Before leaving the business with a pizza in his hand, the teen allegedly said, “It was all a joke."

An employee of the business told officers he recognized the masked teen, but confirmed the teen’s identity after a pizza delivery worker tackled the suspect, disarmed him and removed his mask.

After the altercation, the teen began to help clean up the mess they made and then left the scene in a white Toyota Camry, according to an incident report.

The ordeal was captured on video cameras.

Investigators are working to obtain arrest warrants for the teen.

Orangeburg County

Sheriff’s Office

Two juveniles, ages 15 and 13, are accused of taking away a vehicle parked at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church on Hi Cotton Road in Springfield.

At 7:17 p.m. on Wednesday, the owners of a 2002 burgundy Oldsmobile Intrigue called deputies to report that the teens had taken the vehicle.

Deputies reviewed the church’s surveillance video footage, which allegedly showed a 13-year-old female placing the keys to the vehicle in shrubbery near the Sunday School building.

About 45 minutes later, a white pickup slowed down near the church and a 15-year-old male exited the truck while holding a flashlight.

The male searched for the keys in the shrubs and then took the vehicle from the scene, the report states.

The female was still at the scene when deputies arrived. She said she assisted the male in removing the vehicle from the scene, but only after he threatened to cause bodily harm to her via phone, the report states.

Deputies reached the male by phone, and he told them they could locate the vehicle at the intersection of Second Street and Lexington Avenue in Norway.

Once deputies located the vehicle, it appeared to to be inoperable, the report states.

A deputy will forward the report to the Department of Juvenile Justice, according to the incident report.

In other reports:

  • A deputy reported to a Bowser Drive residence in Neeses at 11:02 p.m. on Wednesday to try to obtain information from a 38-year-old man who had two stab wounds to his neck.

The man refused to give law enforcement information and declined treatment by EMS.

Deputies and medics told the man’s wife that he needed to received medical attention or he would bleed out.

  • An Orangeburg woman reported at 8:19 p.m. Thursday that while she was on Mill Branch Road, the driver's side window of her 2012 black Dodge Charger was cracked when a rock hit it. 

Deputies contacted several juveniles in the area and urged them not to throw rocks.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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