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Brothers with long criminal records arrested for curfew violation

Posted April 22, 2011 2:49 p.m. EDT
Updated April 23, 2011 8:33 a.m. EDT

— 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.