A 54 year-old Smithfield man was arrested Sunday morning shortly after police said he broke into a business. It was the second weekend business break-in. Police have now linked the suspect to both crimes.
Around 1:10am Saturday, Smithfield Police responded to the Dollar General at 829 S. Brightleaf Boulevard for a burglar alarm. Police discovered an object was used to shatter a window and gain entry. Eight packs of Newport cigarettes were reported stolen.
Around 2:50am Sunday, officers responded to a burglar alarm at the BP #42 convenience store at 817 S. Third Street. A brick was thrown through a glass window to gain entry. The suspect then stole 10 packs of Newport cigarettes.
As police were canvassing the area looking for the suspect, an officer spotted Timothy Ray Sellers of S. Fourth Street walking nearby. Officers said Sellers had shards of glass on his clothing and 10 packs of Newport cigarettes in his pockets.
Sellers was charged with both business break-ins. He was also charged with habitual larceny. He was booked into the Johnston County Jail under a $60,000 secured bond.