LADSON, SC (WCSC) - Deputies are investigating an attempted burglary early Thursday morning at a gun store in Ladson.
Officers responded to the 9600 block of Highway 78 at approximately 2:30 a.m. Thursday where an alarm had activated at Allied Arms, an incident report states.
A witness told deputies he was driving on College Park Road and heard the alarm going off. The witness reported seeing two men wearing dark clothes running from the back of the building, one running into the wood line going toward Ladson Road and the other running toward the front of the building and Highway 78.
None of the would-be burglars were able to enter the business but deputies reported "substantial damage from the attempt," Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson said.
It appeared someone used a vehicle to force entry into AC & Refrigeration Training Center and deputies found pieces of what appeared to be the front end of a vehicle near the entrance of the training center, the report states. Deputies say they found ceiling tiles in the bathroom of the training center appeared to have been tampered with.
The owner of Allied Arms arrived on the scene and opened the doors for deputies to inspect the inside, the report states. Deputies said there was no damage to the ceiling that would indicate anyone made it inside the gun store but said items from the front window appeared to have fallen near the area where the alarm activated.
The owner of the store, along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were on the scene Thursday morning conducting an inventory to confirm all weapons were accounted for, Watson said.