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After Alleged Panty Stealing, AACo. Economic Development Co. CEO On Unpaid Leave

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- After Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corporation CEO Robert Hannon was accused of breaking into his neighbor's home last week and stealing her panties, County Executive Steve Schuh has released a statement on the matter.

"These serious charges against Mr. Hannon are surprising and constitute a need for responsible leadership pending the resolution of his case," Schuh said.

"To ensure that we maintain the trust of Anne Arundel County citizens and continue the work of promoting business growth in the County, I have instructed Chief Administrative Officer Mark Hartzell to serve as Acting Economic Development Corporation CEO. Mr. Hannon has been placed on unpaid leave until further notice."

Schuh announced that Chief Administrative Officer Mark Hartzell will act as the CEO until further notice.

Hannon, 70, was arrested on Friday after police say he was caught on camera sifting through his neighbor's underwear drawer.

The woman told police she set up a surveillance camera in her bedroom, after noticing a bracelet of hers had gone missing. The camera was connected to her cell phone.

Weeks later, while she was in Boston, the woman says she caught Hannon breaking into her apartment and removing lingerie from her dresser.

The woman turned the footage over to the Annapolis Police Department, and Hannon was placed under arrest.

He now faces multiple charges, including first-degree burglary and fourth-degree theft.

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