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Police: Ankle bracelet places felon at multiple Mesa school thefts

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Posted at 12:12 PM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 19:18:00-04

Police used a felon's ankle bracelet GPS to place him at multiple thefts of Mesa schools and golf courses.

Mesa police report that from October to December 2016, 32-year-old Shaun Anthony Crane stole over $18,000 worth of property from Mesa schools and golf courses.

Police say Crane broke into district vehicles at the Mesa Public School District Learning Center near Stapley and University drives. There, he allegedly stole 16 laptop computers, 15 docking stations, power adaptors and various other tools. 

A flashlight was left behind, and police were able to find DNA on the light and match it to Crane. Crane was released from jail in October and was still wearing his ankle bracelet.

Police received records of his movements from the bracelet and were able to link Crane to several other thefts, including car burglaries at Freemont Jr. High School, a vending machine break-in at Mountain View High School, a couple of thefts from Longbow Golf course and a UPS package theft from his neighbor.

Crane is already in the Douglas prison for unrelated crimes. He's now been charged with multiple counts of burglary.