Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Wilmington man pleads guilty to first degree burglary and felony larceny

Seth Michael Crane

WILMINGTON — Seth Michael Crane, 28, pleaded guilty on Monday, Mar. 7, to first degree burglary and felony larceny, spawning from an incident that took place Oct. 5, 2020 in the Matteo Drive area.

Wilmington Police Department officers received a report of burglary by a female resident at 6:50 a.m., according to a release from the DA’s office. The female said she was awakened by Crane in her apartment. He fled and stole her vehicle, as well as electronics, checks, clothes, medications, and other items. 

A few hour later, an employee of Ace Cash Express reported to the victim it received one of her stolen checks, which Crane had tried to cash a couple of hours after committing the crime. The victim reported the incident to WPD.

Thereafter, police quickly located Crane in the stolen vehicle, along with several of the victim’s stolen belongings. The perpetrator was accompanied by co-defendant Amy Lawson, who also was charged with forgery of the stolen checks.

Crane was sentenced as a habitual felon by Superior Court Judge Stanley J. Carmical, who ordered Crane serve 84-113 months in prison. Crane’s prior convictions include multiple vehicle break-ins and larcenies, financial card theft, two common law robberies, possessing a firearm by a felon and two convictions for driving while impaired.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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