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Cousins charged with stealing day care bus

Posted August 3, 2011

— A pair of cousins has been charged with stealing a bus from a Hope Mills day care and cutting it up for scrap metal, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said that Tommy Lee Seals, 29, and Eddie Ray Smith, 19, damaged a bus while trying to steal it from Pamper, Hugs and Luv Daycare Center, 634 Sandhill Road, around 2 a.m. on July 20. They managed to drive off a second bus and take it to Smith's home at 622 Liberty Plank Road in St. Pauls, investigators said.

The two repainted the bus, cut it into pieces and sold the metal at various scrap metal garages, authorities said.

Smith and Seals, of 6476 Alamance Road in Hope Mills, were charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, conspiracy, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, attempted larceny of a motor vehicle and obtaining property by false pretenses.

They were both placed in the Cumberland County Detention Center under separate $30,000 secured bonds.

Seals was placed on probation June 30 after being convicted of possessing stolen goods, according to state Department of Correction records. He has 19 convictions from the past eight years and has served one 11-month jail term for a probation violation.


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  • djzac15 Aug 5, 2011

    wow i know them.

  • mac240 Aug 4, 2011

    This “Catch and Release Program” we call a judicial system needs some serious overhauling!

  • caryzoo Aug 3, 2011

    Oh my God. Do not let these people out of jail.

  • mjlt3 Aug 3, 2011

    omg.... what is this world coming to? Under the influences of heaven's know what!!!!! The system need and overhaul, maybe if the system would keep them for longer periods ( until they are old and gray)they will stop this madness. Thank God NO children was involve. I guess we have to sleep with our eyes open all the time!

  • southernbythegraceofGOD Aug 3, 2011

    now here are some "real men of genius"

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Aug 3, 2011

    Kermit - "The "stupid force" runs strong in this family."


    Couldn't have said it any better myself.


  • KermitDFrog Aug 3, 2011

    The "stupid force" runs strong in this family.

  • 007KnightRider Aug 3, 2011

    Wow, they cut up the bus and sold the metal, smh. I was hoping the daycare would at least get the bus back intact.

  • smack Aug 3, 2011

    "He has 19 convictions from the past eight years and has served one 11-month jail term for a probation violation."

    ... put him in jail and keep him there. obviously probation is not doing the trick.

  • rickandlinda88 Aug 3, 2011

    HI-HO!! HI-HO!!..it's back to jail i go..(along with my cousin)..maybe he needs my cousin vinny..for a lawyer??..NOT!!good luck in prison