$1,000 reward offered following loaded gun found at Target in Myrtle Beach

troot@thesunnews.comJune 6, 2014 

Myrtle Beach police are investigating how a loaded handgun ended up left on a toy aisle at a local department store recently and are looking to question a man and a woman. S.C. Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in connection with the incident.

The gun, which police said is a 9mm handgun, was found last week by a Target employee in a toy aisle of the store about 6 p.m. Friday, police said.

Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said Thursday that detectives are working to find out who left the gun in the store and why.

Police have on Thursday released a surveillance photo of a man wanted for questioning in connection with the incident. A picture of a woman who is the last registered owner of the gun was released Friday. The woman also is wanted for questioning.

The employee told police he was in the toy section when he noticed an empty wrapper that he thought was from item that had been stolen, according to the report. The employee was looking for merchandise that might have been from the empty wrapper when he saw the handgun on a shelf.

The gun was laying in a toy box in plain view and at first the employee thought the gun was a toy, according to the report. The employee said he then noticed the gun was fully loaded.

The employee told police there was a suspicious man walking around the toy section several times and he “appeared to be nervous and fidgety,” according to the report. But the officer noted it was unclear if that person left the gun in the toy aisle.

Officers took the gun and checked its serial numbers and learned it was not reported stolen, according to the report.

Anyone with information about the man or the woman can call Detective H. Jones by dialing 918-1911 or calling crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC. Anonymous tips can be sent by texting “TIPSC” followed by the message to 274637.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or on Twitter @tonyaroot.

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