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Brothers with long criminal records arrested for curfew violation

Posted April 22, 2011
Updated April 23, 2011

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— Fayetteville police arrested a pair of brothers Friday morning whom they found in a neighborhood where Saturday's series of storms did significant damage.

Since the storms passed, the city has had a curfew in those areas to limit the potential for looting.

Police said Billy Lee Jr., 40, and Fabian Lee, 46, both of 258 Buckhead Road, were driving two vehicles around the Cottonade subdivision at about 1:45 a.m. The curfew prohibits entrance to the neighborhood between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Police said they "appeared to be teaming up in order to take property from the impacted area."

They were charged with a curfew violation and placed in the Cumberland County jail under separate $500 secured bonds.

Police said the Lee brothers have extensive criminal records and had each been arrested at least a dozen times. Both brothers were convicted in a series of break-ins in Cumberland County in 2004 and in Samspon County in 2006, according to state Department of Correction records.

Billy Lee served 17 months in prison, ending in July 2009, for four convictions for felony breaking and entering, three counts of larceny over $1,000 and probation violations, DOC records show.

He had been on probation since 2005 for 18 convictions, including eight counts of felony breaking and entering and seven counts of felony larceny.

DOC records state that Fabian Lee was put on probation in 2005 and 2007 for 19 convictions, including eight felony counts each of breaking and entering and larceny.

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  • Dogpatch Apr 26, 2011

    Stealing from those poor people who just went through a life altering experience (looting) is unforgivable. You see these people on TV every now and then looting places. Makes me sick to my stomach what low life's people can be.

  • Mazdaspeed Apr 22, 2011

    RB-004 is right. If you look at the wake county arrest photos and note how many times you see certain people arrested in different areas for the same or different crimes....its ridiculous!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 22, 2011

    Looters should be shot on sight. No questions asked.

  • my voice Apr 22, 2011

    RB-004isme, an employee with the court system once told me that as long as we have criminals they have job security. So, don't ever think the law is pulling for the innocent. They want people to commit crime after crime to insure that they will always have a job.

  • mustysteer Apr 22, 2011

    They were in a heavily-damaged neighborhood that wasn't their own at 0145 in the morning! And you question their intentions??? You can't hear that Clue Phone ringing? You'd better answer it!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 22, 2011

    OK look. These guys are in their 40s and need to be paying for their crimes, not out on curfew.

    Whatever happened to Three Strikes And You're Out?

    I had such hope for that law when it passed, but here we are decades later still seeing revolving doors on our jails and courthouses, leaving innocent people at risk from sometimes exceedingly dangerous career criminals.

  • pizno82 Apr 22, 2011

    I agree with x138gmou, you dont know what there intentions were. Otherwise they shouldnt been out pass the curfew, unless they lived in that neiborhood.

  • ifgraceisanocean Apr 22, 2011

    x138G: They were probably just looking for someone that needed help in cleaning up.

    Um, yeah, clean up financially maybe. EXTENSIVE CRIMINAL RECORDS.

  • x138GMOU Apr 22, 2011

    They were probably just looking for someone that needed help in cleaning up. You know they could not have had any bad intentions. I don't know what to think of the FPD for infringing on their rights to ride around.

  • Glock23 Apr 22, 2011

    Looks like a duck, quacks like a duck....