Saturday, April 13, 2024

‘I can’t do this’: Alleged armed robber returns cash to Family Dollar

Richard William Dunn

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A man allegedly robbed the Family Dollar on Castle Hayne Road with a gun Saturday, then returned to the store with the cash, telling the clerk “I can’t do this.”

According to a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office release, Richard William Dunn, 63, was hanging around the register just after 1 p.m. The store clerk reportedly asked if she could assist him, at which point Dunn is accused of pulling a handgun from his pocket and demanding money. He walked out the door, then came back later and laid the money on the counter, the sheriff’s office reported.

Deputies found Dunn soon after trying to get into his car and took him to the New Hanover County Detention Facility. He received a $75,000 secure bond for robbery with a dangerous weapon.

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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at or on Twitter @alexsands_

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