The robbery of a Morganton lodging establishment is under investigation. At approximately 1:20 a.m. Sunday (July 18), Morganton Public Safety Officers were dispatched to the Quality Inn Hotel on South Sterling Street. According to the clerk, an unknown male entered the lobby, hopped over the counter and took an undisclosed amount of money from behind the desk.
During this encounter there was a firearm visible and threats were made. The suspect then fled toward Highway 18 South, heading away from the city in a gray passenger car. Officers and the Morganton Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division are currently following up on leads and evidence to develop more information about the suspect and his vehicle at this time. If you have information contact Morganton Public Safety.