A joint investigation by the Summit County Sheriff's Office, Portage County Sheriff's Office, Mogadore, Stow, and Tallmadge police departments has resulted in the arrest of three people on charges they committed a number of daytime, residential burglaries in Summit County.
In a related incident, a Summit County sheriff's detective fired a shot at an armed man on Aug. 12, the sheriff's office said, confronting him and another detective outside a residence in Mogadore while the detectives were conducting interviews related to the case. No one was injured.
Items stolen during burglaries in Summit County were later sold to individuals or later "fenced" in Portage County, according to Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry, who announced the arrests and resolution of the cases on Aug. 14.
Arrested were Matthew T. Johnson, 28, of Uniontown; Megan Johnson, 28, of Mogadore, and Gary D. Wolf Jr., 29, with a last known address in Brimfield.
Matthew Johnson and Wolf are charged with two counts each of burglary, and Wolf with an additional count of theft of a firearm. Megan Johnson is charged with one count of burglary. All three are being held in the Summit County jail pending presentation of evidence to a Summit County grand jury, which could file additional charges.
According to Barry, the suspects drove through Summit County neighborhoods during the daytime over the past several months and targeted open garages or residences where the homeowners weren't present. They allegedly stole thousands of dollars in golf clubs and golf equipment, lawn care equipment, tools and bicycles, which were then sold to others or fenced in Portage County, he said.
Stolen property still is being recovered, Barry said.
In the incident in Mogadore, two detectives were attempting to conduct an interview at a residence on Aug. 12 when they knocked at the door of residence on Orchard Street, according to Mogadore Police Chief Todd Higgins. Getting no response, they remained in the driveway when, a few minutes later, a man emerged holding a firearm and advanced toward the detectives, according to the sheriff's office.
One of the detectives identified himself as being with the sheriff's office, drew his weapon and fired a shot in a defensive manner, according to the sheriff's office. The man was not struck, dropped his weapon, surrendered without further incident, and was taken into custody pending further investigation.
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