An off-duty Brunswick police officer and an on-duty Glynn County officer were thinking along the same radio wavelengths Tuesday morning, and the quick thinking of both men led to the arrest of four suspects in the city for a burglary in the county.
Brunswick officer Jeffrey Franklin happened to be in the Magnolia Park neighborhood Tuesday morning on his day off when he saw four teenage boys who raised his suspicions, according to a Brunswick police report. For one thing, they should have been in school; for another, they were carrying several items, including a purse. Franklin called in the suspicious incident to his department at 10:55 a.m.
Glynn County officer Bill Duggan was on duty at the time, and just happened to be listening in on the city police department’s radio frequency when the call came in, county Police Chief Matt Doering said. About 20 minutes later, Duggan received a call to respond to a burglary at a residence at the Azalea Place apartments in the county.
Meanwhile, Brunswick police had responded and detained the four teens, ages 13, 14, 16 and 18. Police found a .22-caliber handgun in the waistband of the 16-year-old boy’s pants, Doering said. In addition to the pursue, police recovered several other items nearby, including containers of change and a hover board, Doering said. The two incidents occurred about a mile apart.
While at the scene of the burglary, officer Duggan remembered the four suspicious suspects stopped in Brunswick, Doering said. He contacted Brunswick police, who still had the four detained.
Duggan arrived and picked the four up. A witness at the apartments identified the four as the suspects he saw leaving the complex on foot about the time of the burglary, Doering said.
The youngest three were charged as juveniles with felony first degree burglary, Doering said.
Termaine Sha’mon Taylor, 18, remained Wednesday in the Glynn County Detention Center, charged as an adult with felony first degree burglary.
“It was great attention to detail on officer Duggan’s part, and also really good work on the part of the off-duty Brunswick officer,” Doering said. “Solid cooperation and communication between our two departments resulted in good arrests.”