Another Pit Bull Stolen During Second Animal Shelter Break-In

SMITHFIELD – For the second time in less than a week a dog at the Johnston County Animal Shelter has been stolen during a burglary.

On April 27th, security cameras captured three suspects break into the county facility on Shelter Way, off N. Brightleaf Boulevard. The suspects stole a gray and white female pit bull named Brinkley. Brinkley is still missing.

Brinkley was stolen during a break-in April 27th at the Johnston County Animal Shelter.

Five days earlier, on April 22nd, a lone suspect was captured on surveillance cameras entering the animal shelter. He stole a black and brown pit bull named Brooklyn. Brooklyn was recovered near the intersection of N. Ninth and Hancock Streets in Smithfield after a witness saw the dog being forcibly thrown from a moving vehicle and into the roadway.

The vehicle was described as a black or dark blue Honda sedan, possibly a Honda Accord. Brooklyn was returned to the shelter unharmed.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating both cases. Authorities have not said if the two break-ins are connected but confirmed there are similarities.

If you have any information on the Animal Shelter break-ins or information on the whereabouts of Brinkley, the stolen pit bull, contact the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 919-989-5000. Tips can be submitted anonymously.


  1. “Authorities have not said if the two break-ins are connected but confirmed there are similarities.”

    It doesn’t take much to see that its the same guy in both sets of pics … young black man with dreads, early 20’s, maybe 125 – 150 pounds,

  2. So the animal shelter is right at the Sheriffs Office gas pumps and service center, maybe someone should look into some better security. I mean if they can get in that easy there is a problem. Lets hope someone finds this dog safe and not harmed.

  3. I hope they find the dog ok. And put theses people in the slammer. No doubt they want them for fighting or bait. As sad as that is.

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