Gun shop gets new look after robbers crash SUV into building

Published: Feb. 1, 2013 at 10:50 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 1, 2013 at 11:05 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Nearly 3 months ago thieves used an SUV to crash their way through the front of the Guns and Gold Trading Post on University Boulevard in North Charleston.

"From this section to that section over there, this whole part was smashed," said owner, Thane Hollington.

On November 1st, four robbers came barreling though the front of the store, stealing ten semi-automatic guns. The crooks didn't take any of the jewelry that was sitting in the cases next to the guns. The store has a new look, but Hollington said it will take a while to recover financially. The theft was a big hit to the business and during repairs; he had no choice but to stay open using the back door as a main entrance.

Hollington said, "It was very interesting running a gun shop through the back door. Imagine going into a liquor shop or someplace like that through the back door. We had some really patient customers."

He said his business missed out on the recent rise in gun sales sparked by the proposed regulation on gun control, but looking past the tough times, he has moved on. The broken glass from the shattered cases are used as decoration and he hopes that his business will be able to rebound in this year.

There's no word on who actually committed the crime but Holington hopes the robbers will be brought to justice.

Guns are not required to be registered in South Carolina but they do have a serial number. Hollington said he does not expect his guns to be found unless they show up after a crime is committed.

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