No bail for Murrells Inlet bank robbery suspect

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 11:09 am

Brandon Christmas

Bond has been denied for a man accused of robbing the NBSC Bank in Murrells Inlet on March 4.
Brandon Lee Christmas, 29, appeared before Judge Edward Cottingham on Monday for his first bond hearing since his arrest.
Assistant Solicitor Erin Bailey said witnesses saw a man fitting Christmas’ description park at the Hampton Inn near the bank and get out of the car without a mask.
They saw him go into the bank and later come out wearing a mask as he got back in the car, she said.
Bailey said the dye pack in the bag exploded sending red ink all over Christmas and the money.
Christmas reportedly carried a bag marked Planet Fitness into the bank. Both Christmas and his girlfriend, Erin Jean Nichols, 31, are members of that gym.
Bailey said investigators were told by Nichols that Christmas spent two days scrubbing the dye off of himself and the money. They then went to the mall to shop with the money.
Cottingham said “there is no way in the world” he would grant Christmas a bond especially since he has other charges pending in Horry County.
Nichols is charged with Accessory After the Fact to a Felony.

By Scott Harper
sharper@gtowntimes.com

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