HAMMOND — A Region man's home invasion scheme was thwarted by police, court records say.
Police found latex gloves, a hoodie and clothing in the backpack of a man who was on parole for robbery, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The Griffith man had six felony convictions.
Mohammed Amara, 28, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon and was sentenced to seven years in prison, court records said.
In March 20, 2018, Amara was arrested and charged with possessing a firearm. At the same time, he was planning a home invasion robbery and police found the backpack of suspicious items, court records stated.
During his arrest, Amara was on parole for a previous robbery conviction. The 28-year-old has six felony convictions from prior crimes, including robbery, controlled substance possession and three theft convictions.
According to a previous The Times article, in June 2016 Amara pleaded guilty to robbery, two counts of forgery and auto theft. In the auto theft case, he forcefully took car keys from a woman in Schererville, driving away in her vehicle. In the forgery cases, Amara stole checkbooks and wrote fraudulent checks, court records said.