Authorities Identify Third Suspect Wanted For Morganton Armed Robbery

MORGANTON, N.C. — Authorities say two suspects are in custody and a third is still wanted in connection to a convenience store armed robbery that happened early Thursday morning.

Morganton Public Safety officials have identified the third suspect as Stephen Jamal Craig, 18, of Shelby. He is described as a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

They say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Residents are asked to keep their homes and vehicles locked, and contact 911 if they see Craig.

Authorities say a second suspect was arrested on Mineral Springs Mountain Avenue on Friday after Burke County deputies responded to a possible break-in call. Deputies say they searched the home and found 20-year-old Derik Williams, of Shelby, inside.

Williams was arrested and charged with Felonious Breaking, Entering and Larceny by the BCSO. He has been turned over to the MDPS, officials say, in connection to their armed robbery investigation and charged with Armed Robbery and Kidnapping.

The Morganton robbery happened just before 5 a.m. at the Speedway on South Sterling Street. Officials say the crime was committed by three black males armed with handguns and wearing dark colored clothing.

About 30 minutes after the robbery, a resident on West Parker Road reported two male suspects stealing a truck form his driveway. They were located on I-40 East and led officers on a vehicle pursuit, which ended when they crashed in the Mineral Springs Mountain area and took off on foot.

Tashun Allison, 20, of Shelby, was the first suspect taken into custody Thursday afternoon after authorities reportedly found him walking along Highway 18 South. He is charged with Armed Robbery and Kidnapping.

Investigators say they initially thought one of the suspects stole a white 2008 GMC water department truck owned by the City of Morganton. That stolen vehicle was later located in N. Myrtle Beach, SC, authorities say, and is considered unrelated to the armed robbery case.

Multiple agencies are involved in the ongoing search for Craig. Authorities are advising citizens not to approach the suspect, and to keep their doors and vehicles locked throughout the area.

Citizens are asked to call 911 immediately if you see the suspect. You can also call Morganton Public Safety at 828 437-1211 or Morganton-Burke Crimestoppers 828 -437-3333 immediately if you have information regarding the suspects.