February 8, 2012- Police have arrested five people in connection with the death of a couple from Arizona found in their home bound and burned beyond recognition on January 30. Two wealthy philanthropists, Larry and Glenna Shapiro both in their 70s, represent the first two murders in the area of Paradise Valley in close to eight years.
Few details about the case have been released by police, including their opinion on the motive behind the murders. However, a weapon believed to have been used in the crime was recovered along with some stolen property.
Michael Crane, one of the five suspects, will be charged with two counts of murder said police. The four other suspects face theft and trafficking of stolen property.
Police found the Shapiro’s after finding their car on fire behind a mall about twenty miles from their home. After putting out the car fire, they went to their home to investigate and found two fires inside the house. After putting out the fire in the master bedroom, they discovered the charred bodies of the couple.
The announcements of the arrests came as hundreds attended a downtown Phoenix memorial for the couple. The couple was very active in local charities and civic organizations. Friends and family spent the afternoon reminiscing about the couple’s 51 years of marriage.