The Summit County Sheriff's Office has recovered more than $100,000 in stolen property after arresting suspects accused of stealing from storage units and construction sites throughout the county.
Authorities say they have recovered vehicles, boats, trailers, snow plows, power tools and construction equipment, including a heavy duty earth mover.
Three men have been charged:
• Jerry Stubblefield, 48, of Munroe Falls, is facing three counts of breaking and entering, five counts of felony theft, and possession of drugs-methamphetamine.
• Jeremy Harnack, 39, of Akron, is facing three counts of breaking and entering and three counts of felony theft.
• Mark Harkless, 52, of Akron, if facing one count of felony theft.
Additional charges will be presented to the grand jury, authorities said.
The sheriff's office began investigating after responding to a report of a breaking and entering in February at a storage facility in Green. An enclosed trailer valued at more than $10,000 had been stolen and the crime mirrored other crimes that had been occurring in different areas of Summit County, authorities said.
"They were hitting storage facilities, as well as construction sites," Sheriff Steve Barry said.
The suspects were trying to sell the equipment, which was recovered at more than 10 locations, he said.
The sheriff credited Deputy Mike Jones and detectives Jason Kline and Brian Breeden for solving the case. Deputies received help with the investigation from Akron, Boston Heights and Tallmadge police, and the Portage County Sheriff's Office.
Stubblefield, Harnack and Harkless were charged April 3.
Some of the owners of the property have been identified already, the sheriff said. Any victim can contact the sheriff's detective bureau at 330-643-2131.