Investigators seeking information in separate break-ins


By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



A look at the suspect in a recent break-in at Hargrove School.


A look at the front of a suspect in a Newton Grove-area break-in.


A full body shot of the suspect in the Newton Grove-area residential break-in.


Sampson County Sheriff’s investigators are searching for information on two separate break-ins that occurred in the county recently, one to a local school and another to a residence in which the homeowner is now offering a $500 reward.

Earlier this week, the Sheriff’s Office released surveillance photos of suspects in each of the break-ins in hopes it would spark some information into their identities.

One of the suspects is wanted for a break-in that occurred April 29 at a residence on Alex Benton Road in the Newton Grove area, where approximately $2,000 in assorted tools and supplies were stolen. Surveillance outside the home captured the suspect, who is wearing light baggy pants and a white T-shirt. Limited information is known other than that, but the homeowner is offering incentive to anyone who can help.

“The homeowner has pledged a $500 reward to anyone who can positively identify the suspect for investigators,” Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith noted.

Another suspect is wanted in connection with a separate break-in that occurred May 1 at Hargrove Elementary School, located on N.C. 403 (Faison Highway).

According to photos captured inside the school, the suspect in that incident appears to be a white male wearing an oversized black hooded jacket with a white shirt underneath. He was also wearing white sneakers, dark jeans and gray gloves at the time of the break-in. At this time, investigators have declined to release a description of the items taken in order to protect the integrity of the case, Smith said.

Anyone with information on either of the break-ins or the potential suspects is encouraged to contact the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-592-4141 and speak with Investigator Matthew Thornton or send a private message through Facebook on the Sheriff Jimmy Thornton page.

“We are hopeful that someone in the community will recognize these individuals and come forth with any information they may have,” Smith stated.

Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

By Chris Berendt

[email protected]

A look at the suspect in a recent break-in at Hargrove School.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_breakin-1.jpgA look at the suspect in a recent break-in at Hargrove School.

A look at the front of a suspect in a Newton Grove-area break-in.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_breakin2.jpgA look at the front of a suspect in a Newton Grove-area break-in.

A full body shot of the suspect in the Newton Grove-area residential break-in.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_breakin3.jpgA full body shot of the suspect in the Newton Grove-area residential break-in.

Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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