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 and the resolution of several daytime, residential burglaries in Summit County.
A Summit County sheriff's detective fired a shot at an armed man man the sheriff's office said confronted him and another detective outside a residence in Mogadore investigating the case on Monday . No one was injured and that incident remains under investigation.
According to Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry, 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 Wednesday, .
Arrested were Matthew T. Johnson, 28, of Uniontown; Megan Johnson, 28, of Mogadore, and Gary Wolf Jr., 29, of Kent. 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 Monday, Aug. 12, when they knocked at the door of residence on Orchard Street. Getting no response, they remained in the driveway of the residence 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. The man was not struck, dropped his weapon and surrendered without further incident, according to the sheriff's office. He was taken into custody pending further investigation.