Crime

Thieves broke every case, but were choosey in the 26 guns they took, owner says

The door where thieves broke-in to steal 26 guns from Rivertown Auction and Gun Company in Aynor on Saturday morning, has been boarded up and the store has reopened for business. According to the owner, the theft included AR-variant rifles and handguns. Power was cut to the building and thieves entered a side door. Store video footage has been turned over to the police. Nov. 27, 2017
The door where thieves broke-in to steal 26 guns from Rivertown Auction and Gun Company in Aynor on Saturday morning, has been boarded up and the store has reopened for business. According to the owner, the theft included AR-variant rifles and handguns. Power was cut to the building and thieves entered a side door. Store video footage has been turned over to the police. Nov. 27, 2017

Horry County police detectives are investigating a store break-in in Aynor where 26 guns were stolen on Saturday, but the business owner says the thieves were selective in what they took.

Blake Burris, owner of Rivertown Auction Company and Gun Store at 2705 U.S. Highway 501, said that every gun case was shattered in his store, but not every gun was stolen.

The burglar took 26 firearms, including AR-variant rifles and handguns, Burris said.

He said his surveillance cameras captured images of a vehicle arriving at the closed store, just before the power was cut.

Burris said he suspects the thief or thieves were in that vehicle and cut the power to the building before breaking into the store entrance that faces U.S. 501.

Horry County police were called to the store when the break-in was discovered around 9 a.m. Saturday, according to Krystal Dotson, spokeswoman with Horry County police.

Police say the suspect or suspects had forced their way inside the store, Dotson said.

The ATF is offering a $2,000 reward for information on the case.

The shattered cases have since been repaired and Rivertown Auction is back open for business, he said.

Emily Weaver: 843-444-1722, @TSNEmily

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