Summit County and Portage County deputies joining forces with cops in Mogadore, Stow and Tallmadge to break up what they say is a theft ring that included shots fired during one arrest.
28-year old Matthew Johnson of Uniontown, 28-year old Megan Johnson of Mogadore and 29-year old Gary Wolf Jr. of Kent face multiple charges for a series of burglaries that netted property ranging from golf clubs, tools, bicycles and law care equipment. Much of the property was fenced in Portage County.
The shots fired came when one individual answered a knock on the door with a gun brandished; police fired one shot in what Summit Sheriff Steve Barry calls "a defensive posture" and the suspect dropped his gun without injury. Additional charges could be filed.
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(Summit County Sheriff) Thanks to a cooperative effort and joint investigation conducted by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office along with the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, Mogadore, Stow, and Tallmadge Police Departments, three arrests have been made and several daytime residential burglaries and thefts have been solved according to Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry.
Over the past few months the subjects would drive through various Summit County neighborhoods and target open garages or residences where it appeared the homeowners weren't’t present.
The suspects were responsible for the thefts of thousands of dollars worth of golf clubs and equipment, lawn care equipment, tools, and bicycles. Most of the stolen items were sold to individuals as well as the investigators identifying a “fencing” operation in Portage County.
The investigation led to the arrests of Matthew T. Johnson, age 28 of Uniontown, charged with two counts of burglary, Megan Johnson, age 28, of Mogadore, charged with one count of burglary and Gary Wolf Jr. age 29, of Kent, Ohio, currently charged with two counts of burglary and one count of theft of a firearm with all being booked in at the Summit County Jail.
Additional charges will be presented to a Summit County Grand Jury, according to Sheriff’s Detective Jason Kline, who, along with Detective Larry Brown, were the lead investigators for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
During the investigation, on Monday, August 12, 2013, two Summit County Sheriff’s Detectives were attempting to conduct an interview at a residence in Mogadore, Ohio. After knocking at the door and receiving no response, a few minutes later, while the detectives were standing in the driveway of the residence, a male exited the home brandishing a firearm and advanced towards the detectives. One detective shouted they were with the Sheriff’s Office and did fire his weapon in a defensive posture. The individual wasn’t hit, put his weapon down and surrendered to the detectives with no injury occurring to the individual. The individual was placed in custody and this particular incident is still under investigation.
According to the Sheriff, this was a very well organized joint investigation between all agencies involved and the sheriff praised the efforts of the participating agencies detectives and officers who assisted in the investigation and arrests. Detectives are still in the process of recovering more of the stolen property, and more possible charges could be filed.