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Chapel Hill duo charged in home break-ins

Posted August 19, 2011

— Chapel Hill police have arrested two 17-year-olds and charged them in connection with several home break-ins.

James Alexis Chavez, of Elderberry Drive, and Justin Elijah McLeod, of Old Durham Road, are accused of breaking into homes in the St. Thomas Drive and Forsyth Drive area of Chapel Hill on Monday and Thursday.

Chavez was charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering, one count of second-degree burglary and one count of attempted first-degree burglary. He was held in the Orange County jail on a $150,000 bond.

McLeod was charged with one count of first-degree burglary, one count of second-degree burglary, and one count of conspiracy to commit felony breaking and entering. He was being held on a $125,000 bond.


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  • pat7 Aug 19, 2011

    They have learned this type of behavoir ,They feels its their right to take from people that have, instead of working hard like most people do.

  • pat7 Aug 19, 2011

    Where are there parents, Good olde fashion lesson should be taught here, Or they will go one to bigger things

  • crazyladync39 Aug 19, 2011

    This isn't the first time these two have been arrested for these charges.

  • wildcat Aug 19, 2011

    These two young men need a serious wake up call. Send them to prison for ten days and see if that will teach them. Obviously their parents are at the end of their ropes and cannot handle them. They both need counseling before its too late.

  • BarefootButcher Aug 19, 2011

    "To me that seems like pretty high bond for breaking and entering, which leads me to wonder what other trouble either or both of them might have been in previously. Or what else happened during the b & e?"

    2nd degree burglary is entering a dwelling after dark with the intent to commit a felony...1st degree means that someone was home. The law figures that since you were committing a felony, you would do harm to that person. 2nd degree used to have a maximum sentence of life. I don't know if that was ever changed.

  • Shelley Cooper Aug 19, 2011

    rush told me to blame obama for the heat wave

  • ger Aug 19, 2011

    yeah these two are part of Acorn.........thats hopey changey for ya.rush told me this

  • Shelley Cooper Aug 19, 2011

    yeah i blame this on obama

    because i can't think for myself so i'm told it's obama's fault, so it must be true

    nice job mr president

  • Wiser_now Aug 19, 2011

    "May I also tip my hat to your parents for doing such a stellar job with you."

    WHY are people so quick to judge the parents? The efforts of even perfect parents are often negated by the kids' peers or the actions of not-so-good parents or other adults. These two hoodlums are old enough to know right from wrong. They should shoulder most of the blame for their actions.

  • wakeforest914 Aug 19, 2011

    why dont kids realize that more and more homeowners are buying guns these days!? these stories could read a LOT worse in the future if they dont wake up and pay attention!!!