$188,171 In Property Stolen During Business Break-In

SMITHFIELD – The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is looking for suspects who broke into a Smithfield area lawn care business and stolen $188,181.75 in property.  The burglary was discovered at 6:49am Thursday, Nov. 18th at Barefoot Lawn Care Inc. at 2500 Cleveland Road.

The suspects forced open a gate to the business and stole an Isuzu box truck, zero turn mowers, dozens of power tools, chainsaws, trimmers, backpack blowers and edgers.  The stolen truck, valued at $70,000, was recovered but the tools and equipment, valued at more than $118,000, remain missing.

The business posted on their social media page a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of those responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to contact sheriff’s detectives at 919-989-5000.

This story has been updated to correct the dollar amount of the stolen property