Bond set at $125K for Florida man accused of West Ashley bomb scare

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Bond has been set for $125,000 for a Florida man accused of robbing a West Ashley pharmacy and telling police that he had left an explosive device at a nearby parking lot Tuesday afternoon.

Charleston Police Department charged Matthew Shannon Bailey with armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a hoax device or replica of a destruction device.

Live 5 News Reporter Deja Knight learned on Wednesday that Bailey turned 40 on Tuesday, the day of the robbery.

According to the Charleston Police Explosives Team, Bailey dropped a suspicious package at a nearby parking lot following a robbery at Rite Aid.

According to police, officers followed Bailey as he left the pharmacy and when they went to arrest him at a nearby dentist office's parking lot, Bailey dropped the package at the parking lot and told authorities it was a bomb.

A Charleston Police Explosives Team robot disrupted the suspicious package left in the parking lot just before 4 p.m. Witnesses at the scene could hear a small "pop." No one was injured.

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