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Indianapolis man sentenced in string of vehicle break-ins

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An Indianapolis man who police said stole a gun from a Bargersville home, broke into multiple vehicles in the Center Grove area and led officers on a high-speed chase in a stolen car has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Aaron McCarty, 19, could serve additional time in prison for charges he faces in Marion County, which would be added to his sentence in Johnson County.

McCarty was charged with multiple felonies and pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary and six charges of theft. He was sentenced to six years for the burglary charge and one year each for the theft charges.

On Jan. 14, police said McCarty and another teenager broke into 17 cars in Johnson and Marion counties. Seven of those cars were located in the Somerset subdivision near Smokey Row Road and State Road 135 and included a Bargersville reserve police officer’s car, according to a police report. The pair have been linked to the break-in of at least 10 vehicles in Indianapolis, including an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer’s car, where they stole a gun, police said.

Later that night, police began following their vehicle near State Road 135 and Stones Crossing Road because it matched the description of a car that was stolen from Indianapolis. When officers tried to stop the car, the pair sped away, leading officers on a high-speed chase into Marion County reaching speeds of 115 mph, according to a police report.

During the chase, a Greenwood police officer was injured after losing control of his squad car on ice and crashing into a house.

In November, a Bargersville homeowner reported that his handgun had been stolen after his son showed it to McCarty and other teens. McCarty was arrested a short time later in Texas after he crashed a stolen car and officers found the gun that had been reported stolen from Bargersville, according to a police report.

Despite McCarty’s young age, prosecutors requested he serve additional time in prison due to the string of car and home break-ins, especially since he was stealing firearms, deputy prosecutor Daylon Welliver said.

“We had requested some prison time based on the egregious nature of the case. He had a series of cases he picked up,” Welliver said.

McCarty’s attorney, John P. Wilson, was out of the office and could not be reached for comment this week.

McCarty, 7928 Southfield Drive, also was sentenced to 15 years of probation total and was ordered to pay more than $5,000 restitution to the Johnson County jail, Indiana Public Employees Fund and Bargersville and Franklin police departments.

Cameron Harmon, 18, of Indianapolis, also was arrested in connection with the break-ins. His case is pending. He failed to appear at his most recent court hearing and has a trial scheduled for August.

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