Report: Suspect pepper sprayed during armed robbery at Pawleys Island ice cream shop

Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 8:57 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2022 at 6:40 PM EST
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PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WMBF) - A man is in custody after deputies said he was pepper sprayed while robbing a Pawleys Island ice cream shop.

According to an incident report obtained by WMBF News, deputies from the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office were called to Paradice Homemade Ice Cream on 12020 Ocean Highway at around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Responding deputies then gathered information from an employee of the store, who said she pepper sprayed the suspect, later identified as 55-year-old Scott Todd, as he was trying to leave the business.

The employee also provided surveillance video of the robbery, showing Todd with a sharp object in his right hand during the incident. He walked inside the building to check for anyone else before deciding to rush the victim, who was behind the counter.

Arrest warrants show that Todd told the victim, “Give me all the money, or I will have them kill you,” while pressing the scissors to the side of her body.

He then took all of the money out of the register but was pepper sprayed when he tried to leave. It caused Todd to fall onto a T-shirt rack and knock it over before ultimately leaving the building.

She was able to point deputies in the direction where he ran off to. Todd was taken into custody a short time later.

After being taken to the hospital, Todd was booked into the Georgetown County Detention Center.

The warrants show he is charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

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