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* James Gregory Stone A Rohnert Park man was sentenced for 10-years for serial burglary

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A Rohnert Park man was sentenced in Sonoma County Superior Court today to 10 years in prison for burglarizing his neighbors’ homes, most of them within a 2-mile radius of his residence, over a five-year period. James Gregory Stone, 49, pleaded no contest in August to 29 counts of residential burglary, 27 counts of possession of stolen property, and charges of illegal possession of an assault weapon, identification theft and possession of a destructive device. The Sonoma County Probation Department recommended the maximum 47-year state prison term, Deputy District Attorney Michael Li said.The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office found the stolen property in the bedroom and garage of Stone’s Country Club Drive home, Li said.”He was hoarding everything,” Li said.The stolen items included power tools, golf bags and golf clubs, bicycles, televisions, speakers, car stereos and other electronic equipment, Li said. The sheriff’s office estimated the value of the stolen property at $150,000.Stone was arrested Feb. 5, 2008, and charged a month later.Some of the property found in his home had been missing since 1998, Li said. The prosecution filed charges only on burglaries that happened after 2005 because the statute of limitations on the earlier burglaries had expired, Li said. Most of the items were stolen in the middle of the night from  garages attached to the homes, Li said.About a dozen residences were burglarized while the residents were home, and at least one home was burglarized twice, Li said. Two homes in Santa Rosa and one in Cotati also were burglarized, Li said.Stone claimed he bartered some of the stolen items for methamphetamine. There was no evidence Stone was selling the items, Li said.

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