Brimfield police, Portage deputies say Brimfield man tried to sell stolen guns

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

Charges of selling stolen firearms have been filed against a Brimfield man by both Brimfield police and the Portage County Sheriff's Office after he allegedly possessed and sold or attempted to sell four stolen rifles in Brimfield and Rootstown between March 18 and March 29.

Joshua R. Cook, 26, with a last known address of 4897 Sunnybrook Road, is being held in the Portage County jail on 10 percent of $25,000 bond on four counts of receiving stolen property, all fourth-degree felonies.

Cook was arrested Friday by Brimfield police during a public and "dramatic 'take down,'" in view of people dining at the Brimfield Pizza Hut, according to Police Chief David Oliver. The guns were reported stolen during a burglary in Brimfield and Cook was quickly identified as a suspect, he said.

Cook was arrested while selling one of the guns in Brimfield. According to criminal complaints filed in Portage County Municipal Court, he allegedly possessed a British-made Lee Enfield rifle, an M-1 carbine and a .45-caliber CVA black powder Kentucky Rifle, all of which were reported stolen.

On Tuesday, Cook was charged with an additional count of receiving stolen property. He allegedly sold a stolen Harrington & Richardson M1 Garand rifle for $200 at a Rootstown gun shop on March 18, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.

A preliminary hearing on the felony charges is scheduled in Judge Barbara Oswick's courtroom in Kent on Friday. Additional charges are possible once the case is presented to a Portage County grand jury.

Cook has a prior conviction for misdemeanor theft in December 2012 for stealing $74 worth of merchandise from the Brimfield Walmart, according to court records. He is banned from Walmart for two years as a result of that conviction.

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