SAVANNAH — Two men are in custody following the seizure of stolen items, some of them from Bryan County.
During a recent drug investigation, the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit received information that two men recently broke into storage units and stole multiple items, according to a news release from the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team. The unit contacted CNT with information that some of the stolen items were possibly in Chatham County.
On Dec. 22, CNT agents were able to identify a storage unit in Chatham County and found multiple items inside. One of the items was a set of golf clubs that had a name on them. Agents contacted the owner, a Fort Stewart soldier, and discovered the last time the owner saw the clubs was at his storage unit in Bryan County.
The Bryan County Sheriff’s Office checked the soldier’s unit and confirmed it and other storage units had been broken into.
Some of the victims were out of town for the holidays and were unaware they had been victimized until notified by law enforcement.
CNT agents arrested Austin Flanagan, 26, and Lance Bazemore, 27, both of Savannah, at separate locations. Both men confessed, according to the release, and were charged with multiple felony charges, including six counts of theft by receiving stolen property and conspiracy. Bazemore was also wanted by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. Both men are being held at the Chatham County Detention Center and were expected to be arraigned Dec. 23 in Chatham County.
CNT Director Everette Ragan said, “This is a case where our agents partnered with surrounding county agencies to proactively solve a crime. We were able to recover the stolen items and alert the rightful owners immediately.”
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.