Beaufort News

Boundary Street motel hit by robbers for second time this month

For the second time this month, the Beaufort Police Department is investigating an armed robbery at the America's Best Inn motel on Boundary Street.

A motel employee told investigators two men wearing ski masks and hooded sweatshirts entered the lobby at about 10 p.m. Wednesday and demanded money, according to a department news release.

One of the men was armed with a handgun, the release said.

The suspects were given an undisclosed amount of cash, then ran from the hotel. No injuries were reported.

Beaufort Police arrived minutes after the robbery, set up a perimeter and dispatched the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office's K-9 tracking team to locate the suspects, who were not found, Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy said.

The suspects were described by witnesses as two black men of medium height and build, in their late teens to early 20s, Clancy said.

One wore a black, hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored pants. The other wore a black and red, hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored pants, the release said.

Wednesday's robbery marked was the second time this month that the motel has been robbed at gunpoint.

On Jan. 3, a clerk at the motel reported that a 5-foot-11 black man wearing blue jeans and a white sweatshirt walked into the motel and asked about room rates. He pulled out a black pistol and demanded money.

Clancy said investigators do not believe the robberies are connected.

A man who identified himself as the motel's manager Thursday declined to comment.