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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.

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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.

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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.

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts, investigative news and more. She is a Region native and graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology.