LONGS, SC (WMBF) – A gun shop owner says about 225 guns were stolen from his Longs shop in the middle of Hurricane Matthew.
While the owner of Five Star Guns is still struggling with being hit so hard during the storm, he's worried these guns are definitely in the wrong hands.
"Broke the front doors, smashed the glass, and came in and just looted," owner Daniel Huneycutt said.
Like many other businesses, Five Star Guns was without power throughout Hurricane Matthew.
A friend who went to check out a fallen tree outside noticed something was seriously wrong at the shop and called the owner to get there as soon as possible.
Huneycutt came upon a sight he is having trouble forgetting.
"Glass everywhere, guns thrown out on the floor that they missed and didn't pick up, poured bleach over everything. Just made a mess of everything," he said.
Not only does Huneycutt believe it must have been planned, he thinks the suspects knew exactly what they were coming for.
Huneycutt said the suspects came back a second time Sunday night and even though police were on scene already, they got away.
He is still having a hard time with it all and couldn't help but wonder what else he could have done to protect the shop.
"I never knew the power, or the wind, would have gotten so hard or else I would have probably been here sleeping when they came," he said.
While all of the guns' serial numbers are well documented, which he hopes will help the investigation, Huneycutt is worried about the hands they will end up in.
"All my neighbors, all my friends have been coming through worried that all those guns are out there on the street in the wrong hands," he said.
As for those responsible, he has faith they won't get away with this.
"We're coming for you. I mean, I hope the police ... I just hope they get them all," Honeycutt said. "I know there had to have been several of them in it. And I just hope they get them all."
A police report confirms that an employee noticed glass on the front door was broken, and the metal front doors were partially open. He then noticed several items from the store outside, including a $20 bill and a box labeled Ruger.
Horry County police are investigating the theft. Anyone with information should contact the HCPD.