A woman wearing a wig and large sunglasses tried to rob an Horry County bank Monday morning and threatened she had a bomb in a backpack, which forced police to close a portion of U.S. 17 between Lake Arrowhead Road and S.C. 22, police said.
The woman went into a branch of Conway National Bank near Chestnut Road in the restaurant row area along U.S. 17 North, said Sgt. Robert Kegler with Horry County police.
Before the woman made it to a teller inside the bank, employees were suspicious of her and called police because she was wearing a wig and large sunglasses, Kegler said.
The woman passed a note to a tell that stated she had a bomb inside her backpack and demanded money, Kegler said. But the woman left the bank before she got any money and walked down the street to a vehicle.
The department's dog team was called to tracking the woman, and they found a bag in the parking lot of a nearby CVS store, Kegler said. The bag did not contain a bomb and was later ruled not connected to the incident after the department's bomb team inspected it.
U.S. 17 North was closed for about an hour Monday during the incident, but all lanes were reopened by 2 p.m.
More details will be posted as they become available.