Myrtle Beach police use fingerprints to arrest man for bomb threats

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Myrtle Beach Police arrested a man for making multiple bomb threats.

Lt. Joey Crosby said Robert Harris, 44 years old from Myrtle Beach, has been arrested and charged with possession or use of a weapon of mass destruction in the furtherance of act of terrorism.

On Thursday, the Myrtle Beach Police Department received a letter which detailed a specific threat of placing and detonating explosives, at three locations across the city, if specific demands were not met.

The Myrtle Beach Police Department Crime Scene Unit processed the letter and was successful in obtaining a fingerprint that was compared to and confirmed as matching to Robert Harris.

Harris had been previously arrested by the Myrtle Beach Police Department on charges of kidnapping, attempted murder and carjacking, and was being housed at J. Reuben Long Detention Center since his arrest on the aforementioned charges.

On Saturday, Harris was transported from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center  to the Myrtle Beach Police Department and served with the arrest warrant.

Lt. Crosby said it was determined that the explosive devices did not exist.

On Friday, January 6, WBTW News received a hand-written letter, addressed to a member of management, stating three explosive devices had been placed by an unidentified individual throughout the City of Myrtle Beach. The letter also stated that the individual responsible for placing the bombs in different buildings had contacted Myrtle Beach Police Department with specific demands, although those demands were not spelled out in the letter sent to WBTW. No specific threat was made to the WBTW team or building.

Lt. Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach Police confirms Robert Harris is believed to have sent the letter to WBTW News while incarcerated at J. Reuben Detention Center. 

Harris is charged with Possession or use of a weapon of mass destruction in the furtherance of act of terrorism, according to Lt. Crosby.