Deputies Need Help Identifying Burglars Who Damaged 169 Year-Old Historic Home

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office has released security camera images of several young burglary suspects wanted for a break-in at the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site at 5466 Harper House Road in the Bentonville community south of Four Oaks.

It happened at 3:34am last Wednesday, July 10th.  Cameras captured four young white males and one female walk up to the Harper House, an historic home on the battlefield property, and kick in a side door.  Once the door was kicked in a burglar alarm sounded, causing the suspects to run away.

The suspects are believed to be between 16 and 20 years old.

Detectives said the suspects damaged beyond repair the original door to the Harper House, which was built in 1850.   It will cost about $500 to install a new door, however the original door was left in splinters.

The Harper House served as a field hospital during the Battle of Bentonville in 1865.   The Harper House has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1970.

Anyone who recognizes any of the suspects is asked to contact the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 919-989-5000. Callers may remain anonymous.