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Mother, daughter held at gunpoint during home invasion

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CONWAY, SC (WMBF) Horry County Police are looking for three teenage boys after a woman says she was held at gunpoint while her home was broken into and robbed.

The victim told police on Thursday around 11:30 p.m. three men entered her home off of Myrtle Ridge Drive in Conway by breaking through the front door. The woman said she was in her bedroom with her three-year-old daughter when one of the suspects came into the room and pointed a chrome handgun with a pearl grip at her.

The woman described the suspects as two black males and one white male. She said each appeared to be 18 years old. The woman said the suspects were each wearing black clothing, masks, gloves and skull caps.

The woman told police the suspects stole a jewelry box, a purse, a cell phone, a shotgun and a handgun from her. She said she had a personal handgun on her nightstand but the suspects didn't see it. The woman told police she didn't use it because her daughter was with her.

Gerald and Joyce Spengler live next door to the victim, they said the armed robbers wouldn't have gotten away so easily.

"We both have pistols. Not afraid to use them, know how to use them. We've taught our children how to use them," Joyce Spengler said.

Horry County Police Sergeant Robert Kegler said it's possible the woman's decision to not use her gun on the suspects could have saved her life.

"This is kind of a touchy situation a little bit. You wanna tell people they have the right to defend themselves- they do. You have to weigh things out and the best thing to do sometimes is to cooperate to ensure your personal safety. Your son can't replace you. Your daughter can't replace you. Sometimes the best bet is just to cooperate," Sgt. Kegler said.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Horry County Police immediately.

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