South Hadley man pleads guilty to larceny, vehicle break-ins

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Staff Writer
Published: 9/10/2018 3:14:13 PM

NORTHAMPTON – A South Hadley man accused of stealing a laptop and two lunch bags from cars parked at Easthampton High School last summer pleaded guilty to the crimes at a change of plea hearing Monday in Hampshire Superior Court. 

Christopher Kranz, 34, is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday morning after pleading guilty to four charges of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and four counts of larceny over $250. 

The charges stem from four car break-ins in Easthampton on Aug. 31, 2017 – two at SNAP Fitness and two at Easthampton High School. 

Surveillance cameras in the area of Snap Fitness caught a white Chevrolet Trailblazer parking next to a victim’s vehicle and then a man getting out of the SUV and taking what appeared to be a red duffel bag from inside the vehicle, according to court documents. 

Massachusetts State Police later pulled over the vehicle on Interstate 91, where Kranz was arrested. Kranz was charged in connection with the four vehicle break-ins after police recovered stolen items. 

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.

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