A Beaufort man was arrested this morning after allegedly making a bomb threat to a local car dealership.
Just before 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning, January 31, deputies responded to Dan Vaden Chevrolet located at 2811 Boundary Street to the business receiving a bomb threat via phone. Employees reported that a man called and stated that everyone needed to get out of the building because he had put a bomb inside.
The business was evacuated and searched by members of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Team, however, no device was located.
During the course of the ensuing investigation, the call was traced to a payphone in the area of Sunhouse Petroleum located at 3448 Trask Parkway. After reviewing video surveillance from the store, investigators allegedly observed a white male making a call from the phone at the same time the bomb threat was received.
The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Tarrie Daniel Reynolds, was located at nearby Sunshine Auto Sales, where he was working as a mechanic. After being positively identified, Reynolds was placed under arrest and transported to the Beaufort County Detention Center where he remains awaiting a bond hearing.
The motive for the threat remains unknown, as does the reason for Reynolds’ choice of the dealership as the target. At this time, no connection has been established between Reynolds and the business.
Reynolds has been arrested six times in Beaufort County according to the Detention Center’s online database on charges including public drunk, burglary, and assault and battery.
Source: Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office press release.