Mount Pleasant Police search for man who claimed to have bomb during bank robbery

Mount Pleasant Police are searching for a man who robbed a bank while holding what he claimed was a bomb.
Published: Dec. 2, 2022 at 5:02 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 3, 2022 at 6:36 AM EST
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant Police released a surveillance image of a man they are searching for in connection with a Friday afternoon bank robbery.

At approximately 2:45 p.m., a man walked into the Truist Bank and demanded cash. Surveillance photos show him holding what he claimed was an explosive device.

He left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money, Capt. Chip Googe said.

The man was approximately 6 feet tall and wore a gray hoodie, a red long-sleeved shirt, black sweatpants, and a hat. Googe said the man is believed to be in his early to -mid-30s.

One nearby business, Bailey’s Pub, employee, Carly Baldrick, was working Friday afternoon and says that she originally thought the police were in the middle of a car chase.

“Oh, it was definitely not a normal day in Mount Pleasant, that’s for sure and especially with it being so close, it was kind of surreal. We all didn’t really know what to think,” Baldrick says. “It was a lot going on and many cop cars, probably 20 to 30 cop cars, and then SWAT rolls up, and that’s how we knew it was something serious going on.”

“I just think it’s wild; I think it’s crazy that he got away and especially with all the cop cars here. It’s just wild, especially with there being highway 17 right there,” Baldrick says. “I mean, where the heck could he have gone? You know, so it was it was crazy.”

Anyone with information or who may have seen the man leaving the area is asked to call the Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111 or email Mount Pleasant Detective K. Clark at kclark@tompsc.com.