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Homeless Arizona man sentenced to 18 years for stealing cars

PHOENIX -- A transient who pleaded guilty to numerous charges in the thefts of luxury cars from Phoenix health clubs has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman said 46-year-old Richard Cory Barker was sentenced Thursday by Judge Joseph Welty for last year's crimes.

Phoenix police believed Barker followed the victims into two workout facilities, broke into their lockers while they worked out and removed personal property, including car keys.

Police said Barker sold one of the vehicles for $8,900 after advertising it online and giving the buyer a fake title.

Undercover officers posed as potential buyers for one of the stolen vehicles and arrested Barker.

He pleaded guilty to charges of theft of means of transportation, forgery and trafficking in stolen property.

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