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Greenwood resident sentenced for theft

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A Greenwood man was sentenced to more than four years in prison after he broke into multiple homes and vehicles, including a car belonging to the county coroner.

Christopher L. Mars, 28, 11 Hidden Bay Drive, pleaded guilty to eight felony charges, including seven counts of theft and one charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Mars also received additional time for violating his probation.

Johnson Circuit Judge Mark Loyd sentenced Mars to a total of four years for all of the charges, with all of the time to be served in prison.

He was given credit for 94 days already served.

Police said Mars broke into vehicles and a barn at four different homes near Whiteland in late October and stole electronics, a chainsaw, a violin and an all-terrain vehicle.

Johnson County Coroner Craig Lutz reported someone had gotten into his car in the string of break-ins and stolen his laptop, badge and a handgun, according to a police report.

Officers noticed a car parked at a church near where the burglaries occurred and found Mars inside. The car, which belonged to a relative, had been reported stolen. Police found an iPod and chainsaw in the car that matched the description of items that were stolen. They also later found the stolen violin at his home, which he said was given to him by a friend.

Mars was on probation at the time after being sentenced in a domestic battery case.

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