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Police: 5 arrests made in Paradise Valley homicide case

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Police confirmed five people have been arrested in connection with the deaths of a Paradise Valley couple found tied up and burned beyond recognition in their home on Jan. 30.

Paradise Valley Police Chief John Bennett said the department believes the major suspects in the deaths of Lawrence and Glenna Shapiro have been arrested, but investigators continue to look for other persons of interest.

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Bennett said investigators continue to follow up on leads and the double homicide case continues to be an active investigation.

In announcing the arrests, Bennett described the scope of police work agencies have conducted.

"Throughout the past nine days, Paradise Valley detectives have done numerous crime scene searches, obtained and executed search warrants, conducted surveillances, collected evidence, followed-up on leads, did many interviews, recovered stolen property and worked round the clock to positively identify those who were responsible for this shocking and appalling crime," Bennett said.

Those arrested and booked in the Maricopa County Jail are:

  • Michael Lee Crane, 31. Booked on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of armed robbery, one count of burglary and one count arson.
  • Brittnay Beinhauer, 27, of Tempe. Booked on two counts of theft. 
  • Kelly Steward, 29, of Glendale. Booked on one count of theft and one count of trafficking stolen property. 
  • Shawn Nicloy, 29, of Phoenix. Booked on one count of trafficking in stolen property and one count of hindering prosecution in the first degree. 
  • Danielle Rossman, 26, of Phoenix. Booked on one count of possession of stolen property, one count of trafficking in stolen property, and one count of hindering prosecution in the first degree.

Bennett told reporters there is no reason to believe the Shapiros were specifically targeted. He said police have recovered a murder weapon. The Medical Examiner's Office has still not released the cause and manner of death.

The case has been submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Bennett said.

The news briefing was held hours after family and friends remembered the couple at a memorial service in downtown Phoenix.

The memorial service was at the historic Orpheum Theater, the site of many Phoenix operas, symphonies and concerts. The Shapiros were major supporters of the arts and philanthropists who started their own nonprofit in 2010. They were in their 70s.

Paradise Valley officers went to the home Jan. 30 after Phoenix police found a car on fire behind a strip mall about 20 miles away. The car was registered to the home's owners, who lived a little more than 15 miles away.

When an officer arrived at the house, she saw smoke coming from inside. Firefighters put out fires that had been set in two bedrooms, including the master bedroom, where the Shapiros' bodies were located.

Phoenix Police investigators said a fire at a Phoenix Condominium near 16th Street and Maryland that happened Jan. 26, just a few days before the Shapiros' death, could possibly be linked.

The medical examiner said 56-year-old Bruce Gaudet, a cigar broker, was found dead inside from multiple gunshot wounds.

The Shapiros are survived by three grown children and four grandchildren.

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