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Frat Members Charged With Stealing Decorations

Posted December 16, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Fourteen Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members at U.N.C. Chapel Hill have been arrested.

The group was processed yesterday on misdemeanor charges of possession of stolen property.

The charges stem from a raid earlier this month when police found about 150 Christmas decorations in the frat house that had been stolen from local homes.

If convicted, prosecutors say first-time offenders would face fines and community service, but -not- jail time.

The frat is also facing some very sharp penalties from the university. Sanctions include a five-thousand-dollar fine, a lifetime ban on alcohol, social probation and a minimum grade point average for members.

Police say the investigation is continuing, and additional charges are possible against other frat brothers.

Police are also looking into allegations that pledges were encouraged to steal the decorations. There were a number of freshmen in the group arrested yesterday.

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