Crime & Public Safety

A gun reported stolen in Charleston was found in a Bluffton store’s trashcan, police say

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There have been about 900 guns stolen in NC and SC so far this year, a record pace. An ATF official said that guns stolen in the Carolinas often make their way to criminals in the North, where restrictive laws make it harder to get guns. By Adam B

A Bluffton employee cleaning a store’s bathroom Wednesday morning found a stolen gun shoved into one of the trashcans, according to a report from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

The handgun was found around 7:15 a.m. at the Bed, Bath, and Beyond on Fording Island Road, the report said. The loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol was inside a white Michael Kors drawstring bag, the report said.

Deputies discovered the Charleston City Police Department reported the gun as stolen on Sunday, the report said.

There were also three pairs of unopened socks hidden in the baby changing station, the report said. It was a brand of socks sold at the Famous Footwear nearby.

When the deputy returned the socks, the store manager said two white woman who may have been shoplifting there on Sunday ran away in the direction of Bed, Bath, and Beyond but were never arrested, according to the report.

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Lana Ferguson has covered crime, police, and other news for The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette since June 2018. Before coming to the Lowcountry, she worked for publications in her home state of Virginia and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was editor of the college newspaper.


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