Thief Steals Presents From Underneath Christmas Tree

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three burglaries reported Sunday, including a break-in where items were stolen from underneath a Christmas tree. Investigators have not said if any of the incidents may be related.

Around 1:00am Sunday, a 33 year-old woman returned to her home in the 3300 block of Highway 210 near Smithfield to discover a break-in. The victim said someone had forced open the front door and removed a TV, sound bar and two $80 tablets from underneath her Christmas tree. The intruder also stole a laptop computer from a bedroom.   The total value of the items stolen was $670.

Just after 10:00am Sunday, officers were called to Ennis Road outside of Benson after a couple awoke and discovered where someone had entered their home overnight while they slept.   The victims said their wallets and cash were missing along with a charcoal grill.  The items were valued at $1,340.

Shortly after 10:00pm Sunday, sheriff’s deputies rushed to the 2300 block of Highway 42 West after a 36 year-old woman said someone was trying to break into her front door. The victim said she was asleep when she was awakened by the sounds of someone trying to force open the door. She began yelling and the suspect fled before officers arrived. The victim was not injured. Officers did find about $300 in damage to the front door of the home. 

Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to contact the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 919-989-5000. Callers can remain anonymous.