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Parking meter theft arrest made

Suspect guilty of ’13 City Utilities drop box heists

– A New Haven man convicted last year of taking money from City Utilities drop boxes is now charged with stealing from city parking meters.

Jason O. Lane, 40, is charged with burglary, receiving stolen property and theft, accused of taking more than $10,000 from city parking meters.

In mid-April, the city’s parking control department noticed a key to parking meter change boxes was missing and shortly thereafter collections were less than usual, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A couple of months later, police found Lane about 1 a.m. Monday near downtown.

He had a large amount of coins on him and matched the description of the person caught on video breaking into the parking control department, according to the affidavit.

Lane, of the 5400 block of Old Maumee Road, told police he stole the key to the change boxes and would empty them every few days.

Police said the total loss to the city from the recent parking meter thefts was more than $10,000.

He was being held Thursday in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Lane was also arrested in February 2013 after security cameras recorded him prying open a City Utilities drop box and stealing envelopes on two occasions, many with cash payments.

He received a four-year prison sentence from the theft cases related to those crimes, but court archives did not say whether he served the sentence behind bars or with a local community corrections program.