The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating its third reported animal hospital break-in in less than two weeks.
The latest break-in was discovered Thursday morning at Benson Animal Hospital at 1625 N.C. 50 South. Someone smashed open the front glass door to gain entry. Once inside a small amount of U.S. currency was taken.
Detective Lt. Brian Murphy said the break-ins are very similar to two animal hospital break-ins both reported in the early morning hours of June 14.
Around 12:41 a.m. that day, an alarm activated at Carolina Ranch Animal Hospital at 6129 N.C. 42 West, Garner. Deputies arrived quickly and found a landscaping rock had been used to toss through the glass storefront to gain entry. No items were taken but damage was estimated at $1,000.
At 1:15 a.m. that same morning, deputies responded to an alarm at Cleveland School Animal Hospital at 79 Oxholm Circle, Garner. Officers said the front glass door had been shattered and an undisclosed amount of money had been taken.
Security video showed a heavily-disguised suspect wearing a mask, hoodie and gloves committing the break-ins.
Anyone with information about the three break-ins is asked to contact the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 919-989-5000. Callers can remain anonymous.