FOUR OAKS – The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two break-ins reported at South Johnston High School at 10381 U.S. Highway 301 South. Authorities have not said if the incidents are connected.
On Wednesday, Dec. 29, around 1 a.m., deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the school and everything appeared secure. Later that day, a custodian discovered an open shop door and said several school rabbits were released from their enclosure. The rabbits were found in the same room and returned to the enclosure unharmed. Several teachers’ desks were also reportedly ransacked with items thrown onto the floor.
On Sunday, Jan. 2, around 11:11 p.m., deputies responded to a second burglar alarm at the school. Officers say they discovered a forced entry into the building and a ransacked school office. Silver Dollars totaling $325 were reported stolen. An area, where medication is kept, also showed signs of rummaging. An inventory is underway to determine if any of the medication was stolen.
The sheriff’s office assigned a detective to investigate the break-ins.