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.
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.