Homeless bus thief gets six years for Grover Beach crime spree
October 19, 2016
A 36-year-old homeless man has received a six-year prison sentence for an ambitious crime spree he embarked upon in June. On a single day, David James Krause, 36, started a fire; stole a bus and crashed it; burglarized a home; and stole a car and crashed it. [Tribune]
Last month, Krause reached a plea deal with the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office. Krause pleaded no contest to a felony charge of first-degree residential burglary and two felony counts of theft of a vehicle with prior convictions.
Prosecutors dropped charges of arson, possession of a firearm by a felon and theft of a vehicle. Each of the charges dropped were felonies.
Krause’s six-year prison sentence is accompanied with about seven months of credit for conduct and time-served. Krause has remained in SLO County Jail since his June 26 arrest.
On June 26, Krause started a small brush fire in the 900 block of Grande Avenue. He then stole a bus and crashed it into a wooden shed on a person’s property. Krause ran away from the scene before officers arrived.
Next, Krause burglarized a home in 100 block of South 3rd Street and stole several items. After fleeing again, he stole a car in the same neighborhood, drove erratically, ran red lights, hit curbs and crashed the vehicle on Highway 1 south of Grand Avenue.
Following the second crash, Krause was seen getting out of the car wearing just underwear. He fled by foot to the beach, where he was arrested after an extensive search.
In addition to serving prison time, Krause will also be required to pay $8,400 in fines and restitution.