Police: Salisbury man charged with two hotel robberies

Published 10:41 am Thursday, August 15, 2019

SALISBURY — A┬áSalisbury man was charged with robbing two hotels after a police officer who had a previous interaction with him matched his vehicle to the description of the getaway car.

The Salisbury Police Department charged Charles Reginald Springs, 63, of the 1000 block of South Fulton Street, Apartment A, with two counts of felony robbery with a firearm or other dangerous weapon and one count of felony possession of a controlled substance Schedule II.

In the most recent robbery, police said a man wearing a facial covering, hooded sweatshirt and hat went into the Econo Lodge motel, at 1328 S. Jake Alexander Blvd., pointed a gun at the desk clerk and told her to give him money. He was seen in security video leaving the hotel in a white Cadillac.

According to a police report, an officer saw the Cadillac with no registration plate pull out of a parking lot in the 1100 block of South Fulton Street, then immediately pull to the side of the road as if to park. The officer knew Springs lived in that block and that a similar car was seen leaving the Econo Lodge after robbery about 5 p.m.

The officer stopped the Cadillac and told the driver to stay inside and raise his hands.

Police seized crack cocaine that was in a container in the vehicle. A wad of money was also found in the car along with a lighter, pieces of a prescription with Springs’ name on it and a hooded sweatshirt like the one shown in the robbery video.

On the morning of Aug. 6, a robbery was reported at the Days Inn hotel, located at 321 Bendix Drive. A video showed the suspect leaving the hotel in an older model Cadillac Deville. The suspect, described as being in his 50s, showed a silver handgun and asked for money.

Springs remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond.

Springs has previous convictions for felony robbery with a dangerous weapon; larceny; felony vehicle break-ins; felony obtaining property by false pretense; armed robbery; felony forgery; and multiple breaking and entering offenses.