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Contractor wanted for larceny turns self in.

Byline: Thomas Caywood

An unlicensed contractor who had been sought by area police departments on larceny charges was arraigned Tuesday morning in East Brookfield District morning and released on $5,000 bail, court officials said.

Sean J. Brennan, who lists an address in Sutton, but has been living with a girlfriend in Connecticut, turned himself in at Westboro District Court late Monday, police said.

A judge in Westboro set Mr. Brennan's bail at $1,500 in one case and $500 in a second case in that court.

Mr. Brennan had been wanted on two warrants from Grafton police and one from Spencer police.

In Westboro District Court, he is charged with two counts of larceny of property worth over $250, working as an unlicensed home improvement contractor and failing to return leased or rented equipment.

Judge Vito A. Virzi ordered Mr. Brennan to stay away from Robert T. Douglas of Grafton, the victim in one of the larceny cases.

Mr. Brennan allegedly cashed a $3,000 deposit check on a garage expansion project for Mr. Douglas, but never began the project or had any equipment delivered to the job site.

Mr. Brennan's construction supervisor license was revoked by regulators last year for failure to file state tax returns.

The other Westboro District Court case involves a rented $40,000 wood chipper that Mr. Brennan allegedly failed to return to Koopman Lumber in Grafton, police said.

In East Brookfield District Court, Mr. Brennan is charged with larceny of property worth over $250 for allegedly failing to return a $90,000 excavator to Ahearn Equipment Inc. in Spencer.

Both the wood chipper and excavator were eventually recovered and returned to their owners, police said.

Sutton police have said Mr. Brennan has a long history of larceny and fraud charges going back more than a decade.

In a 2011 police report, a Sutton detective noted, "Brennan has a total of 16 larceny-related charges on his adult record. Brennan has a known propensity for scamming and stealing equipment and continues to do so.''

Mr. Brennan's publicly available Massachusetts criminal history shows he was jailed in 2008 for a felony intimidation conviction and again in 2009 for a felony larceny conviction, both from Uxbridge District Court.

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Dec 24, 2014
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