A Clay County jury convicted a former corrections officer Tuesday evening on charges of armed burglary, two counts of grand theft, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.
In March, Aaron Foley walked into a garage in Fleming Island, which was accidentally left open, and stole a .22 caliber rifle, an all-terrain vehicle, power tools and various hunting items. The stolen goods were worth about $10,000 and belonged to a lieutenant in the Clay County Sheriff's Office.
Witness information led deputies to Foley. When deputies arrived at the apartment where Foley was staying, they found some of the stolen items near the area. Deputies also recovered other stolen items from Foley.
The 37-year-old is a former corrections officer from Charlton County, Ga. He is also a convicted felon. In 2009, Foley pleaded guilty in Duval County to a charge of false impersonation of a law enforcement officer.
"This conviction shows that our community still believes in a time when you could leave your doors unlocked and windows open at your home, car or even garage. Hopefully, one day, we can all return to that ideal without worrying about someone stealing," said Assistant State Attorney Khary Gaynor.
Foley faces life in prison. He will be sentenced the week of Sept. 4.