Bond set at $75k for woman accused of making W. Ashley bomb threats

Picture by Charles Francis (Source: Charleston Police Department)
Picture by Charles Francis (Source: Charleston Police Department)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Bond has been set at $75,000 for a 22-year-old woman who police say admitted to calling in three bomb threats to a bank in West Ashley over a two day period.

Charles Francis with the Charleston Police Department says Poscher Smith of Adams Run was arrested at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday and was charged with three counts of conveying false information regarding attempted use of a destructive device at the TD Bank on Orleans Road.

Police say Smith admitted to calling in two bomb threats to the bank on Monday, and a third bomb threat on Tuesday.

According to an arrest warrant, authorities investigating the bomb threats uncovered bank phone records that revealed the cell phone number of the person making the threats. The number led police to Smith, who was in possession of the phone when she was captured.

Police say Smith admitted to calling in the three threats, although she knew no explosive devices were at the bank.

At bond court Wednesday, Smith said she is a customer at TD Bank, and was scheduled to begin a job at an area high school today.

On Tuesday morning, Charleston investigators responded to a suspicious device behind a set of bushes near the bank which turned out to be a 5 gallon can of paint.

The Charleston Police Department says the TD Bank on Orleans Road had been evacuated earlier in the day for the third time in two days after receiving a bomb threat Tuesday morning.

Tuesday's incident was the third bomb threat made towards the bank in two days.

Francis says crews responded to the bank's drive thru where the suspicious item was spotted.

CPD's explosive team also responded to the scene. In addition, police had shut down the nearby Sunoco gas station.

Officials say a bomb threat was first called in to TD Bank on Monday just before 1 p.m.

According to an incident report, the caller told a bank employee, "You need to evacuate the building!" After Smith told the employee to "immediately evacuate the building was evacuated, and police were called, but no explosive devices were found at the bank.

Officials say the bank was evacuated two hours later due to another bomb threat. Again, nothing was found at the scene.

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