Greensboro police release suspect in burglaries, say he is innocent


UPDATE 7:20 p.m. — Thomas Paul Lee, the 51-year-old man accused of committing multiple burglaries, has been released from police custody after further investigation revealed that he was not responsible for the crimes, according to police.

After what police called a “lengthy and often conflicting” interview with Lee, officers eliminated him as a suspect in the six commercial burglaries.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A man who barricaded himself in his condominium earlier today is in police custody and facing multiple charges connected with several burglaries of local commercial establishments.

Thomas Paul Lee, 51, is believed to have broken into approximately half a dozen businesses in the Battleground Avenue and West Friendly Avenue areas between July 16-20.

Businesses he allegedly broke into include Express Oil, Printer’s Alley, Monkee’s, Red Collection, Friendly Cleaner and NC Nails and Spa.

When police attempted to interview Lee, he became uncooperative and barricaded himself in his residence in the 300 block of North Lindell Road.

Lee voluntarily left his home after approximately 90 minutes.

Lee faces six counts of felony breaking and entering, six counts of injury to real property, and five counts of larceny pursuant to breaking and entering.


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