Myrtle Beach men indicted on charges of possessing bombs in the city

troot@thesunnews.comJuly 31, 2013 

— An Horry County grand jury indicted two men in connection with pipe bombs being found in Myrtle Beach earlier this year, according to court records.

Robin Scott Peterman, 56, and Mark Victor Powell Jr., 34, both of Myrtle Beach were each indicted on charges of transporting and possessing components of a destructive device in connection with an incident on April 30, according to indictments released Monday.

Myrtle Beach police arrested Powell after officers said they found him walking near Fifth Avenue North and Chester Street with explosives and then two days later, Peterman was charged with having explosives inside his Chester Street house.

It’s not clear how the two men know each other, but Powell told police he got the devices from Peterman, according to an arrest warrant.

Police aren’t sure if either of the men had any plans for the devices, but are continuing to investigate. The State Law Enforcement Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also have been notified.

Myrtle Beach police said PVC end caps with fuses sticking out through drilled holes, were found during a search of Peterman’s house, according to an arrest warrant. Police also found what appeared to be gunpowder in a container, the warrant said.

An officer who recognized Powell as a wanted person stopped him and confirmed he was wanted on a charge of failure to appear in court. While the officer was arresting Powell, two pipe bombs were found.

The bombs in Powell’s possession were described as two PVC pipes, approximately six inches long, with end caps and a fuse sticking out of one of them and containing some type of explosive substance.

Horry County police bomb squad members detonated the devices at the scene.

Powell told police he got the devices from Peterman.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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