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DAY — A four-time felon from South Glens Falls who was paroled from prison earlier this year was jailed again Monday after he was caught burglarizing a home on county Route 10, police said.

Christian M. Crannell, 42, was arrested after the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a burglary in progress at about 12:50 a.m. Monday, police said.

Crannell allegedly stole property and damaged the home, and then lied to police about his identity and damaged a Sheriff’s Office patrol car, authorities said.

Crannell was charged with second-degree burglary, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of menacing, criminal mischief, criminal tampering, petit larceny and false personation, police said in a news release.

Sheriff’s Investigator Chris Lorey said a woman who was watching the home arrived there to find Crannell inside, trying to steal money and other valuables. He left, but police caught him nearby. The occupants do not know him.

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When placed in a Sheriff’s Office patrol car, he tampered with doors and smeared feces inside the back seat of the vehicle, police said.

He was arraigned in Corinth Town Court and sent to Saratoga County Jail without bail.

No bail could be set because he has at least four felony convictions, including one for a felony count of criminal possession of a weapon for a July 2012 home invasion in Greenfield for which he served 6 years in prison and was paroled in February. He is on parole until Aug. 7.

He also has convictions for criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a forged instrument and criminal possession of marijuana, state corrections records show.

Crannell could face up to 25-years-to-life in prison as a “persistent” felon if convicted of another felony.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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