Two motel armed robberies, one in Beaufort and one in Port Royal, on the same night within two hours of one another could be related, or just a coincidence, police say.
Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy said investigators haven't ruled out a possible connection, but it is unlikely.
"It is being looked into due to the time proximity (between the two robberies), but the descriptions of the suspects are not the same," Clancy said.
At about 7:45 p.m., a clerk at the America's Best Inn on Boundary Street reported that a 5-foot-11 black man wearing blue jeans and a white sweatshirt walked into the motel and asked about room rates, according to a news release Tuesday. He pulled out a black pistol and demanded money.
At 9 p.m., a clerk working at the Days Inn on Ribaut Road reported being robbed at gunpoint by a 6-foot-tall black man dressed in black who brandished a silver pistol and demanded cash, said Capt. Alan Beach, Port Royal police spokesman.
Attempts by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office dog team to track both suspects were unsuccessful, according to a sheriff's report.
No injuries were reported in either robbery.
Anyone with information is asked to call the county Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777 or Investigator Anthony Re at 843-322-7960.