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Man who stole van with baby inside sentenced to 30 years

Nasir, Zakar, and Amber Sheikh. (Source: Family) Nasir, Zakar, and Amber Sheikh. (Source: Family)
Andrew Lowell Crane (Source: Upshur Co. Jail) Andrew Lowell Crane (Source: Upshur Co. Jail)
UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -  A man has been sentenced for aggravated kidnapping and endangering a child in Upshur County.

Andrew Lowell Crane, 33, was sentenced to 30 years confinement on aggravated kidnapping charges and 20 years on abandoning/endangering a child charges. Those sentences will run concurrently.

The sentence was a result of an incident that occurred in Gilmer on November 21, 2012.

On that afternoon, Amber Sheikh was running errands, and went by the Texaco station that she and her husband Nasir Sheikh own to drop off groceries. She left their one-year-old son Zakar in his car seat with the engine running as she carried supplies into the store.

As she carried the groceries inside, she noticed a man watching her, standing just outside the door.

She told us at the time, "When I pulled up to the Texaco, he was standing outside the door. He was smoking. I didn't recognize him. I just continued to unload the groceries and supplies. He never really looked at me, and my hands were full from carrying in supplies and he never came over to offer to open the door, he just stood there watching me."

Surveillance video showed Crane grabbing the door behind Amber as she carried items inside, and then looking inside the store window before getting in her van and driving away. Amber said that day that she heard tires screeching and went outside to see that her van, and her baby, were gone. Police responded to their call.

About 25 minutes later, police were contacted to say that a baby in a car seat had been found sitting alongside a roadway. It was Zakar Sheikh, and he was safe.

Twenty minutes later, Amber's van was found abandoned, and by 3:35 p.m. Crane was taken into custody at a friend's home in Upshur County.

At that time, he was taken to ETMC Gilmer to treat the self-inflicted cut wounds before he was transported to the Upshur County jail.

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