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Probationer sought in Hillsborough break-ins

Posted October 27, 2011

— A Durham man on probation is wanted in connection with four recent break-ins at businesses in downtown Hillsborough.

Hillsborough police said that Lucas Elijah Stauffer-Weller, 32, of 6309 Garrett Road in Durham, is accused of breaking into one business in early October, then two on Monday and one on Wednesday. All the break-ins occurred in the early morning hours.

Investigators said they also believe that Stauffer-Weller tried to scam several Hillsborough residents by knocking on their doors and asking for money to help with a family emergency.

Stauffer-Weller is described as white, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with a medium build. He might be driving a 2011 Mazda 3 with New York license plates.

Anyone with information on Stauffer-Weller's whereabouts or the break-ins is asked to call Hillsborough police Detective June Solomon at 919-732-9381, extension 34, during business hours or at 911 after business hours.

Stauffer-Weller is serving three years' probation for September 2010 convictions for felony larceny and breaking and entering in Orange County, according to state Department of Correction records.

He has eight other convictions from Orange County dating to 2000, mostly involving break-in and larceny charges, records show. He has served 11 days in jail and two previous probation sentences.


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  • wildcat Oct 27, 2011

    Trusting they will find this man soon.

  • xarabee Oct 27, 2011

    way to go, wral. if you had looked at newsobserver.com and clicked on their arrests, you would have seen that he was captured yesterday by HPD>

  • rickandlinda88 Oct 27, 2011

    how do you say "habitual felon/criminal"..oh!i just said it.heres another "guy".that should have already been locked up forever.11 days in jail and probation means nothing!wake up.put him away for the rest of his worthless life..we taxpayers are forced to pay for people like this,one way or the other..

  • anonemoose Oct 27, 2011

    I bet those eleven days were all pre trial confinement trying to post bond.

  • hott4rotts Oct 27, 2011

    As an Orange County resident (female) I won't be as "compassionate" as the judge. My Judge (by Taurus) will end his life of crime if he attempts to enter MY domain!

  • hunter38 Oct 27, 2011

    Good ol NC revolving door justice at its best.....way to go judges

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Oct 27, 2011

    I hope that they catch him before he strikes again! I bet he can be found riding though or hanging out in any known drug areas.

  • outdoor592000 Oct 27, 2011

    2011 Mazda 3 huh? Nicer car than I own.........

  • what_in_the____ Oct 27, 2011

    And the "system" fails again. Way to go. If law abiding citizens were to start taking the law into their own hands, the "system" would probably throw the book at'em. So it's a lose lose situation. Ridiculous!!

  • Mark Hayes Oct 27, 2011

    Eight convictions,11 days in jail,can't understand our legal system?