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LIMA — A serial burglar will spend the next 21 years of his life in prison for numerous burglaries in two counties.



Carl Raymond, 32, was sentenced Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court to 12 years in prison. The term is on top of the nine years he got earlier in the week for crimes in Auglaize County.



Raymond was ordered to pay $57,583 restitution in Allen County and $18,893 restitution in Auglaize County. He stole several guns and jewelry, Allen County Sheriff’s Detective Mark Baker said.



“He did steal weapons in the majority of these cases,” Baker said.



The burglaries in Allen County were near Beaverdam, where Raymond lived with his mother. He moved to Wapakoneta with a woman he met, Baker said. The burglaries began in early 2012 and stretched into the summer, Baker said.



Raymond confessed to numerous burglaries, Baker said, and authorities had DNA evidence and eye witnesses to some of the crimes.



In one case, a man arrived at his son’s home to find Raymond walking out the front door, Baker said.



“A lot of them were your typical daytime burglaries. Knock and, when no one answers, kick in the door,” Baker said.



In a few other burglaries, Baker said, Raymond was confronted by homeowners as he kicked in or attempted to kick in the door.



During his confession, Raymond blamed drugs for his crimes, Baker said.



“He got hooked on prescription medication. The guy who was supplying him with drugs turned him onto doing this. When he found out how easy it was, it was his way of getting property to trade it to the guys for drugs,” Baker said.



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