SMITHSBURG -- A Cavetown man was taken into custody Monday night after the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 22441 Jefferson Boulevard was robbed at gunpoint by a man carrying what he claimed to be an explosive device, according to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff's Department.
The device turned out to be a hoax, officials said.
Christopher Allan May, 28, of 22535 Cavetown Church Road, was charged with armed robbery, theft and multiple counts of assault, reckless endangerment and handgun violations, including the use of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime, the release said. He was being held on $300,000 bond this morning at the Washington County Detention Center, a spokesman there said.
At 9:05 p.m., a man entered the pharmacy in the Village Square Shopping Center carrying a shoebox. He spent some time inside the store "acting suspicious" before being approached by an employee, the release said.