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Authorities bust Summit County burglary ring; man with gun confronts detectives

Beacon Journal staff report

Investigators from two counties believe they have broken up a theft ring that has been targeting Summit County residences.

Authorities announced Wednesday afternoon that three people have been arrested and charged with burglary from a number of different communities over several months.

The investigation was a joint effort of the Portage and Summit county sheriff’s offices, along with Mogadore, Stow and Tallmadge police.

The three suspects targeted homes where garage doors were left open or residences where it appeared the owners were out, authorities said. The suspects took golf clubs and equipment, lawn care equipment, tools and bicycles, authorities said.

Matthew T. Johnson, 28, of Lake Township, has been charged with two counts of burglary.

Megan Johnson, 28, of Mogadore, is charged with one count of burglary.

Gary Wolf Jr., 29, of Kent, is charged with two counts of burglary and one count of theft of a firearm.

Summit County sheriff’s detective Jason Kline said additional charges will be presented to a Summit County grand jury.

When two sheriff’s detectives attempted to conduct an interview Monday at a home in Mogadore, a man with a gun confronted them in a driveway, authorities said. The man refused to put his gun down and kept walking toward the detectives.

One detective fired at the man, who then surrendered. The man, whose identity was not released, was not hurt.

The man was taken into custody, authorities said, and the “incident is still under investigation.”


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