A four-time convicted burglar charged in a string of Santa Rosa break-ins that began last Christmas Eve was sentenced Tuesday to more than 17 years in prison.

Michlynn Rose Thedorf, 36, was on probation for a 2010 felony burglary when she was arrested in January after being identified by a Willowside Creek victim.

In one of four residential and commercial heists occurring in a two-week span starting Dec. 24, Thedorf stole a garage door opener from a car parked at a Santa Rosa creek trail, went to the person's home and ransacked it.

Three vehicles were stolen in a Piner Road-area break-in and items connected to a couple's estate were lost in a Sebastopol burglary .

She faced a maximum 31 years in prison but entered a plea bargain with prosecutors to serve 17 years and four months.

At her sentencing, one victim who was home at the time of the burglary said the experience forced her to buy a gun. Another said Thedorf mixed up paperwork to determine the heirs of an estate.

"She violated the most sacred of places in that she entered the victims' homes," prosecutor Keith Shaw said in court.