Man sentenced in Santa Monica art, Porsche theft

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Updated: 1/22/2014 1:35 pm

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — A man convicted in the theft of millions of dollars of worth paintings, wine, jewelry and a Porsche from a Santa Monica home has been sentenced to four years in prison.

The Los Angeles Times says 44-year-old Darren Merager was sentenced Tuesday.

He had pleaded no contest to a burglary charge as part of a deal with the district attorney's office.

Prosecutors said Merager broke into financier Jeffrey Gundlach's home while he was away on business and took paintings by artists like Jasper Johns and Richard Diebenkorn, and one especially valuable work by Piet Mondrian that spurred a million-dollar reward offer. All of the art was recovered.

Authorities said Merager returned to steal the Porsche at the behest of a co-conspirator.

Four others were charged as accessories.

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