Bomb plot suspects stay in jail Men also face burglary charges

YORK -- The four men who police say planned to bomb a Charlotte school to distract police so the men could rob a credit union will remain in a York jail.

Timothy Eddington, 35, his son, Steven Eddington, 18, and Edgar Williams, 19, all of Fort Mill, and William Puckett of Rock Hill were denied bond on first-degree burglary charges Thursday night. They faced those charges because police say they broke into a vacant Fort Mill home in part to build bombs.

If the men request a bond hearing on the first-degree burglary charge, it could be scheduled within the week, said 16th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson.

York County Magistrate Leon Yard set bond on other charges against the men, which included criminal conspiracy and possession/manufacturing of explosive devices. Bond was set at $48,000 for Steven Eddington; $47,000 for Puckett; $42,500 for Timothy Eddington, and $37,000 for Williams, according to an official from the York County Sheriff's Office.

The men were arrested Thursday after the Sheriff's Office received a tip about the group's location.

Authorities responded around midnight to 3175 U.S. 21 in Fort Mill, where they found the men sleeping on the floor of what was a vacant house.

At the house, police found and diffused two pipe bombs. Police say they later learned the group planned to set off a pipe bomb at a Charlotte school to distract police while the men robbed Founders Federal Credit Union on Westinghouse Boulevard in Charlotte.

Authorities don't know which Charlotte school was the focus of the plan, nor could they speculate how much damage the bombs could have done.

No new information from the investigation was available Friday, said Capt. Jerry Hoffman of the Sheriff's Office.

The Eddingtons and Puckett also face charges unrelated to Thursday's arrest. Timothy Eddington, a self-employed contractor, faces four counts of obtaining property by false pretense and breach of trust of more than $5,000, according to sheriff's reports.

Steven Eddington faces first- and second-degree burglary charges as well as larceny, possession of burglary tools and receiving stolen goods. Puckett faces the same charges with the exception of receiving stolen goods, according to the report.