Police arrest 5 people in Paradise Valley double murder


by Associated Press & Jared Dillingham

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Posted on February 7, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 7:54 PM

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz -- Police have arrested five people in connection with the murder of a Paradise Valley couple.

The suspects include two men and three women.

Michael Lee Crane, 31, faces two murder charges, as well as kidnapping, armed robbery, arson and burglary charges. Brittnay Beinhauer, 27, Kelly Steward, 29, Shawn Nicloy, 29, and Danielle Rossman, 26, face theft or trafficking in stolen property charges.

The bodies of Lawrence Shapiro, 79 and his wife Glenna Shapiro, 78, were found on Jan. 30 in their Paradise Valley home.

Police Chief John Bennett said a murder weapon and stolen property have been recovered, but he and County Attorney Bill Montgomery declined to answer questions about the case.   In addition, the initial court appearance documents which typically reveal investigation detaills have been sealed.  

Background checks for the suspects reveal past drug arrests for Nicloy, Beinhauer, and Crane.

Crane is the only one charged with murder.  His last known address was a family member's foreclosed home near 25th Street and Cactus in North Phoenix. Neighbors say it burned several weeks ago.

"A bunch of kids were squatting in there, just waiting for police to come," said a neighbor who didn't want to be identified.

Another neighbor said he'd been warned by Crane's family to keep a distance.

"They said he was a danger," said Mark Coulson, "Said not to mess with him and if he approaches to go the other way."

The murders of the well-to-do philanthropists are the first in Paradise Valley since 2004 and have shaken neighbors, police and the town mayor.

Coroners had to use dental records to identify their bodies after they were found tied up and burned.