Storage Building Break-Ins On The Rise

Joco-Deputy-Car-insideFirst it was cars and now its storage buildings. The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, which has been investigating a recent rash of car break-ins, is now looking into an increase in storage building break-ins.

On Tuesday alone, 5 homeowners in Johnston County reported their storage buildings had been entered. In all five cases property was taken.

In one break-in on Old Cabin Court, Angier, over $4,000 in items were stolen including $3,000 in sound equipment and electronics. A four wheeler valued at $2,000 along with a chainsaw and weed eater were stolen during a similar break-in Tuesday on Cabin Grove Court, Angier.  $2,100 in items including power and lawn tools were taken from a building in the 13000 block of Highway 210 near McGee’s Crossroads. Thieves stole two lawnmowers and two weed eaters from an 80 year-old man on South Pleasant Coates Road outside of Benson. And tools were taken during a break-in reported Tuesday on Whitley Oaks Court near Smithfield.

Altogether, a total of $9,307 in items were taken during the 5 storage building break-ins.

Deputies said 4 of the 5 storage buildings were not secured. Officers say it is important to keep your outside barns and sheds padlocked and secured.

Anyone who has any information on the break-ins is asked to contact sheriff’s detectives at 919-989-5000.