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Fingerprints link probationer to break-in

Posted October 10, 2010

— The Fayetteville police chief says that the problem of repeat offenders is highlighted by the case of a 19-year-old probationer in prison awaiting trial whose fingerprints led to more charges in separate cases.

Julian Jermaul Brown, of 104 Murray Fork Road, was arrested Sept. 24 on charges of felony larceny and possession of stolen goods.

Brown's fingerprints and additional evidence prompted police to charge him Friday in a separate break-in, police said. He faces additional charges of breaking-and-entering, larceny after breaking-and-entering and possession of stolen property. He was given a $1,500 secured bond.

"We have a man who is sitting in jail awaiting resolution for charges related to stealing other people's property. And after evidence comes back tying Brown to a totally different case, detectives charge him with an additional property crime," Chief Tom Bergamine said in a statement.

"What else has to be said about the repeat offender problem in Fayetteville?" he added.

Police records show that Brown was also arrested in March on charges of burning a building and breaking-and-entering and in September 2009 of burglary and breaking-and-entering. All the charges were felonies.

In April, he was convicted of willful or wanton injury to personal property and sentenced to 18 months of probation, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • Lumberton Cop Oct 12, 2010

    As a leo in Robeson County, I understand Fayetteville's pain. All too often I take people to jail for crimes they need to be incarcerated for and they are released instead on an unsecured bond or written promise to appear. Had one a few weeks ago on a felony charge of possession of a firearm by convicted felon. I told the Magistrate that when the warrant was issued, he fled to Florida for a couple months. When I arrested him, he ran up in a house trying to hide. He got a written promise to appear. Go figure. I've even seen them give someone an unsecured bond on a murder charge!!!

  • lvhv2003 Oct 11, 2010

    This is a prime example of why we need additional jail space in Cumberland County. Probation for this man is not enough. He has been part of the catch and release crowd. Too many criminals charged with pending felonies are walking our streets because we don't have enough pre-trial detention space in our county jail. Thanks for nothing to county commissioners who look after their own needs for renovated county commissioner offices first and let public safety take a back seat.
    However, kudos to our police chief Bergamine for making the public aware of these crooks when they nab them and try to lock them up.