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Rincon man offers $10,000 reward for stolen guns, ammo

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Mark Malke is offering a $10,000 reward in the case of his stolen three gun safes. Mark Malke is offering a $10,000 reward in the case of his stolen three gun safes.

An Effingham County bar owner is offering big money for any information to help catch the crook or crooks who stole his guns and ammo.

On Monday night, someone snuck into the home of Mark Malke on Rose Hill Drive in Rincon and walked out with enough guns and ammo for a small army.

It wasn't just one or two guns. Authorities are looking for at least 20 guns and high powered rifles and 50,000 rounds of ammo that were stolen. They could now be in the hands of a possible a criminal, or at the very least, someone who would steal dangerous weapons from someone else.

That someone is not happy.

"They were secured and this is a prime example of how guns are getting on the streets. They are being taken from law abiding citizens," Malke told WTOC.

Malke legally owns his guns. They were stored properly in gun safes. 

"They took three large safes, very heavy safes, containing a lot of weapons," he said.

Twenty weapons in all, including everything from family heirlooms and old antique guns to handguns, revolvers and high powered rifles plus the 50,000 rounds of ammo were taken in the burglary. Malke said it's the other items stolen from the home that may tip off the public, like the jewelry, stamps, a coin sack and large amounts of cash. 

"If anyone sees anyone spending cash in the next few days with guns, and tax days are over, it should cause a red flag," Malke said.

"We have been following different leads, been to local pawn shops, canvassing neighborhoods, talking to witnesses," David Ehsanipoor, spokesman for the Effingham County Sheriff's Office, told WTOC. "We believe someone out there knows something about this."

While detectives working leads, Malke said the thieves left behind tire tracks and were caught on his neighbor's security video. They left no damage and entered through a back window, leading him and investigators to believe they'd been inside before.

"We don't believe this was a random act. We think he was targeted," Ehsanipoor said.

"It was well-planned and that's spooky," Malke said.

More clues and tips are coming in daily about the crime. Malke now is ready to pony up $10,000 to catch the crooks who violated his life and stole what belong to him. 

"I do want these guns off the streets. I want what is mine back," he said. 

Malke owns the Rincon bar, Alibi's, and is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

The case remains under investigation by the Effingham County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Effingham County Sheriff's Office at 912.754.3449.

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