Deputies say men chopped up daycare bus

HOPE MILLS, NC

Deputies say two men chopped it up and sold it for scrap.

The theft occurred around 2 a.m. Wednesday, July 20 at the Pamper, Hugs and Luv Daycare Center at 634 Sandhill Road. One bus was taken and a second damaged. The suspects were seen in surveillance video driving a bus off the property.

Now, 29-year-old Tommy Lee Seals of 6476 Alamance Road, Hope Mills and his 19-year-old cousin, Eddie Ray Smith of 622 Liberty Park Road, St. Pauls are charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony possession of a motor vehicle, felony conspiracy, felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle, felony attempted larceny of a motor vehicle, and obtaining property by false pretenses.

Investigators say the pair drove the bus to Smith's home where they repainted it, cut it into pieces and sold the metal for cash at various scrap metal garages.

Bond was set at $30,000.

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