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Thieves crash into Gun Shop in Simpsonville, steal guns

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SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Simpsonville police are investigating after burglars used a minivan to break into The Gun Shop and Indoor Range on Main Street early Thursday morning.

Lt. Timmie Williams said the burglary took place just before 3 a.m.

"Three unknown suspects drove a stolen, white, 2010 Chrysler Town and Country minivan through the front of the business, entered and stole an undisclosed number of handguns from the business and fled in a waiting getaway car," Williams said.

Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were also called to the scene.

Thomas Wirthlin, President of The Gun Shop, said employees'  first priority was securing the other guns in the store and then cleaning up and making repairs.

"I'm just glad this didn't happen while we had employees in the store," Wirthlin said.

Wirthlin said he hopes the store will reopen in a few days.

Police are asking anyone who was in the area between 2:30 and 3 a.m. Thursday to call Inv. James Donnelly at 864-967-9536 or Greenville County Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.

Police said Thursday that surveillance video or photos could not yet be released due to the nature of the investigation.

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