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COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Florida man has pleaded guilty to entering homes for sale and stealing from them while working as a real estate agent in Cobb County.

Ray Glen Greene, 49, admitted in court that he used his agent keycode to access the homes and take jewelry and other items. He was convicted of eight counts each of burglary and theft by taking, and was sentenced to 20 years, with eight to serve in custody.

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Several of Greene's victims attended his trial. Greene apologized to them and admitted he lost count of the number of houses he burglarized. He told the court that he did not sell a single home in more than a year and supported himself by pawning the stolen jewelry.

One of Greene's victims was a Cobb County Police captain. Prosecutors said Greene entered the captain's home in November 2012 and stole a wedding band, which he later pawned. The ring was eventually recovered and returned to the captain, but not before his wife suffered a brain aneurysm and passed away.

As part of his sentencing, Greene must surrender his real estate license. He is also no longer allowed to enter any houses when the homeowners are not there.

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