Fla. 'superthief' may be elusive serial rapist as well

Arrested in connection with two sexual assaults from the 1970's; similarities to other cases probed


By Christina Ng
ABC News

BOCA RATON, Fla. — A Florida convict known as the "Superthief" has been arrested and charged with two armed sexual assaults from the 1970s and authorities are investigating whether he could be a serial rapist that has eluded authorities for decades.

John Arthur MacLean, 65, was arrested on Friday after being linked to multiple sexual batteries by DNA.

In April 2010, the Boca Raton Police Department Cold Case detectives began investigating unsolved crimes, including a number of unsolved sexual battery cases. A case of two sisters who were sexually assaulted "piqued the interest of the detectives," police wrote in a news release. DNA evidence lead them to MacLean, but authorities were informed that there was a four-year statute of limitations for armed sexual batteries that occurred before July 1, 1976 and the attack on the sisters had taken place in February of that year.

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