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Zachary Daniel Lane


Several people have been arrested in connection to a series of thefts from a storage unit in Crane late last month.-
According to the probable cause statement, Zachary Daniel Lane, 18, four 14 year-old juveniles and a 12 year-old boy allegedly broke a window to enter Merlin Heinold's storage unit on October 29th.
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Lane allegedly told Crane police chief John Elmore that the juveniles informed him of the plan to break into storage units "in order to take things for money."  During interviews with the kids, Elmore learned that they allegedly entered the storage unit to steal items on at least three occasions.
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When Crane police officers executed search warrants at several residences in the city they recovered a variety of property that had been stolen. A neon beer sign was recovered from Lane's home; while a pair of motocross boots, a motocross chest piece and a chocolate vending machine were recovered from the woods near one of the juveniles home.

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 Lane also admitted to stealing a clay pigeon thrower, a propane torch and an air soft toy gun in the burglary of the storage unit, according to the probable cause statement.  
A wall heater that had been stolen in another burglary was also recovered, according to Elmore.
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Authorities also recovered stolen fire extinguishers and copper wire from a burn pile behind one of the juveniles residences "where it was burned in an attempt to remove the plastic covering so that the wire could be sold."  Some of that wire was burned so badly that it could not be sold, according to the documents.

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One of the juveniles said Lane and another boy were present when the wire was burned, but did not participate.
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Some of the stolen items were sold to the Shop and Talk Flea Market, according to court records.
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Lane, who has been charged with burglary and stealing, could also face four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and distribution of a controlled substance to a minor because all of the juveniles stated that they had allegedly smoked pot with him on multiple occasions.
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He is being held in the Stone County jail on $15,000 bond.

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