Police Arrest Suspect In Smithfield Store Robbery

SMITHFIELD – Detectives have linked a 39 year-old man to the robbery of a local business.   Alexander Matthew Thorne of N. 12th Street, Smithfield was arrested August 19th for the June 30, 2021 robbery of the 101 Smoke Shop, located at 600 S. Brightleaf Boulevard.

During the 9:10am robbery, Smithfield Police allege Thorne entered the business and indicated to the clerk he had a gun. He demanded money as he forced the employee behind the counter. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled the area on foot.  No customers were in the business at the time. 

Thorne was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping. He was confined in the Johnston County Jail under a $250,000 secured bond.