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Thieves steal 44 firearms from Beaufort storage facility

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In the Lowcountry, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with ATF to find the people who stole more than 40 firearms from the Atlantic Self Storage facility in Beaufort.

Investigators are having a hard time tracking the thieves and the weapons.

Atlantic Self Storage in Beaufort uses tight security measures for their customers, but that wasn't enough against the suspects who caused more than $2,600 in security damage when they broke in on December 1st.

Customers who want to access their unit at Atlantic Self Storage must pass through a security gate with a code. There's also 24 hour audio/video surveillance and infrared beams on the premises.

"We've had some times in the past where folks had stayed in the units after hours and cut fences but nothing like this," said owner Skeet Burris.  

On Dec. 1, investigators say the suspects cut through the chain link fence and smashed several security cameras and alarms. In all, they broke into 56 storage units, cutting the pad locks off each one.

"One of the storage units contained 44 firearms which were stolen, and this is definitely one of the largest thefts of firearms we've had in the county," said Robin McIntosh, Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

The burglars also stole the gun safes and a Vietnam era knife. The Sheriff's Office estimates the burglaries happened between 6 p.m. Dec. 1 to 7:45 a.m. the following morning.

"Whoever the perpetrators were had time to go through and make entry into each one of these units so it's likely there was more than one person involved," added McIntosh.

And it's likely they planned ahead.

"The safes were not open from what I understand, they had to carry the safes off the premises so they had to have equipment to do that with," said Burris.

Atlantic Self Storage has about 400 units at their Beaufort location. The business has been in Burris' family since 1986.

"It just hurts me and our family when any of our customers are violated like this," he said. 

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office or Crimestoppers.

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