BRUNSWICK, Ga. --
A Glynn County firefighter was charged last week in connection with two home burglaries and police said they expect to charge him in nine others.
Sean Flanagan, a firefighter with the county since 2003, was arrested during a traffic stop on New Jesup Highway last Wednesday as officers investigated a home-invasion burglary of a home in the Eagle Crest subdivision.
In that incident, a 61-year-old Glynn County woman said she awoke to noise in her living room and found Flanagan in her living room. She said the man told her he was there waiting on a friend. When asked how he got in, he said "through the door."
Police said the man left when the homeowner asked him to go. Investigators said that incident was a turning point in the case because the victim saw Flanagan's tag number.
"I'm disappointed that any public servant would betray that trust. That's what we're here," said Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering.
He said the 36-year-old is suspected in 11 burglaries across the county. Police said all of the burglaries were similar in that jewelry and electronics were stolen during the daytime.
After Flanagan was arrested and charged with burglarizing the Glynn County woman's home, police searched his home and reported finding more than $6,000 worth of property reported stolen in a burglary from another home the previous day.
Investigators said they have no evidence indicating Flanagan used his job as a firefighter to take advantage of the public and commit a crime.
Flanagan is on un-paid leave, pending an administrative hearing.
- December 15, 2008: Woman Asks Burglar To Leave; Man Facing Charges