Crime

June 12, 2014

Man wanted on weapons charge after gun found hidden in Myrtle Beach’s Target toy aisle

Myrtle Beach police are searching for a man in connection with a gun that was found last month on a toy aisle in a Target store, authorities said.

Myrtle Beach police are searching for a man in connection with a gun that was found last month on a toy aisle in a Target store, authorities said.

An arrest warrant is issued for the man, David Dennis, charging him with unlawfully carrying a handgun in connection with the incident, Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said.

It was unclear how police connected Dennis to the incident, but officers did collect video surveillance from the store.

Anyone with information regarding Dennis’ whereabouts can call Myrtle Beach police at 918-1382.

The gun, a 9mm handgun, was found by a Target employee in a toy aisle of the store about 6 p.m. May 30, police said.

The employee told police he was in the toy section when he noticed an empty wrapper he thought was left behind from a stolen item, according to the report. The employee said he was looking for the merchandise to match the wrappers, when he saw the handgun on a shelf.

The gun was laying in a toy box in plain view and at first the employee thought it was a toy, according to the report. The employee said he then noticed the gun was fully loaded.

The employee told police there was a suspicious man walking around the toy section several times and he “appeared to be nervous and fidgety,” according to the report. But the officer noted it was unclear if that person left the gun in the toy aisle.

Officers took the gun and checked its serial numbers and learned it was not reported stolen, according to the report.

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