A tool manufacturing warehouse in Lincolnton was evacuated Monday night after deputies said a man called in and claimed he had loaded the building with explosives and was going to blow it up.
Deputies arrested Chris Carl Lee, 29, of 1042 Mountain Crest Drive in Kings Mountain, at his residence around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday after tracing the man’s repeated cellphone calls to Robert Bosch Tool Corporation on Indian Creek Road in Lincolnton, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies also questioned a worker at the business in order to find out Lee’s location.
The woman told deputies that Lee was an ex-boyfriend and planned the bomb threat in an attempt to get her fired, according to an agency press release.
The suspect first contacted the facility around 9:30 p.m. Monday and said he had put C-4 explosives throughout the building, the release said.
Deputies immediately responded to the site after more than 30 employees evacuated the business but confirmed the building to be secure after failing to find any suspicious items.
Lee is being held in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond and faces one felony count of false report of a bomb.
He also has a criminal record, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website.
A Lincoln County judge convicted him of felony larceny and breaking into vehicles in 2005, the site showed. Additional misdemeanor offenses on his record occurred in Gaston County and include one count each of larceny and breaking and entering.