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‘Superthief’ Sentenced to Prison

April 4, 1992

PHOENIX (AP) _ A robber who detailed his exploits in an autobiography called ″Secrets of a Superthief″ gave a judge all the information he needed to send him to prison.

U.S. District Judge Stephen McNamee said reading John Arthur MacLean’s book helped him decide Friday to sentence MacLean to 37 months for receiving stolen property.

″Very rarely do I have an author in here who tells ... how he’s done it,″ McNamee said.

MacLean, 44, wrote the book in 1983 while imprisoned in Florida for burglaries. He was paroled after serving eight years and moved to Arizona in 1987.

He was arrested in September in a Phoenix burglary and later pleaded guilty to shipping stolen jewelry to a coin dealer in Maine. He is awaiting sentencing on separate state charges of burglary and criminal trespassing, and also faces possible parole violations in Florida.

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