SHAPLEIGH (AP) – A couple were bound with duct tape and several firearms were stolen during an armed robbery at the home of a longtime hunting supply outfitter in this western Maine town.

Police were trying to pinpoint how many weapons were taken Sunday night when robbers forced their way into the home of Frank Shippee, Lt. Gary Fecteau of the York County Sheriff’s Department said.

The thieves beat Shippee and bound the couple’s feet and hands, police said. They took guns from the home as well as from the Fort Ridge Trading Post.

Beverly Shippee said the robbers warned that if the couple told anyone, they would come back and kill them.

“They held guns on us. They beat up my husband,” she said.

Frank Shippee was treated at a hospital for a possible broken rib and released, Fecteau said. Beverly Shippee was not beaten.

The two robbers were inside the couple’s home for more than an hour and police believe accomplices waited outside, Fecteau said. The suspects stole the couple’s car, which was later recovered.

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