Report: Robbers steal 23 guns during Rock Hill home invasion

07/24/2014 11:01 AM

07/24/2014 11:03 AM

Robbers stole 23 guns from a Rock Hill home early Thursday when they forced their way into the house, held two teenagers at gunpoint, forced them to the floor and stashed their valuables into pillow cases, police said.

Police were sent to a Westerwood Drive, off Constitution Boulevard, home at about 3 a.m. when they received calls about a suspicious person, according to a Rock Hill police report. Dispatchers told officers that the homeowner’s children spotted a man walking into the house with a shotgun, but the children left the scene and did not know if the gunman was still at the house.

Police secured the house and spoke with the homeowner, 45, via telephone as she drove home from her job in Fort Mill. The woman arrived home with her son, 16, and his friend, 17. The teens told police that about 30 minutes earlier, someone knocked on the front door. After the friend opened the door, the person on the other side stuck a shotgun and his foot in the door and forced his way into the house.

Two men then went inside the house and pointed a gun at the teens, the report states, before forcing them to the floor. The friend told officers he recognized the voices of the two men and identified them as two 18-year-old men. The suspects began taking various items in the house, including cell phones and 23 guns, and putting them in pillow cases. After the robbers left, the teens left the house, locked it and walked to Rite Aid so they could borrow a phone and call the homeowner.

Police have started an investigation.

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