A 30-year-old Orangeburg man allegedly broke into a gas station to steal lottery tickets and then cashed the stolen scratch-offs at a different gas station an hour later.

Raphael Donta Reed, of 401 B Clarendon Street, is charged with second-degree burglary and defrauding the lottery.

Warrants allege that Reed confessed both crimes to investigators.

Officers responded an alarm to the Shell gas station at 1310 Boulevard Street at 3:20 a.m. Thursday, according to an ODPS incident report.

Upon arrival, officers noticed that someone apparently used a crowbar to spread the doorframe away from the locking mechanism.

Someone disturbed items in the area of the checkout counter, including several Philly blunt cigars. A pack of Newport cigarettes was on the floor.

A store employee arrived to speak with officers and show the surveillance video.

The video shows two men walking to the store from the Horger Street area.

One of the men used a crowbar to enter the gas station.

Both men had their faces covered, with one wearing a black jacket and other carrying a book sack.

The video appears to show the men running behind the counter and grabbing cigars and cigarettes. One appears to pull off multiple lottery tickets from a dispenser. Police say 25 were stolen.

The men then left the store and headed back in the direction of Horger Street.

About an hour later, someone cashed nine stolen lottery tickets for $55 at the Hot Spot station at 553 John C. Calhoun Drive.

The next morning, officers received a tip that Reed was seen at the Hot Spot gas station.

An officer then saw Reed walking from the store to his vehicle.

Reed traveled from the store to Brady Street, where an officer initiated a traffic stop due to the rear passenger side tire nearly being flat, according to an ODPS incident report.

When an officer checked Reed’s driver’s license and vehicle registration, the officer learned that Reed’s license was suspended and the insurance company cancelled his vehicle insurance.

An officer allegedly found four counterfeit $100 bills in his right pants pocket.

The incident remains under investigation.

If convicted, Reed faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $50,000.

An Orangeburg municipal judge set Reed’s bond at $7,500 cash or surety.

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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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