September 18, 2014

Medina
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Crossbows recovered from Granger house

GRANGER TWP. — Sheriff’s detectives reported finding a variety of stolen items — including crossbows and construction equipment — in a township home Thursday.

Jack C. Smith, 42, of 1961 Granger Road, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property after sheriff’s deputies, Medina Township police and Louisville police raided his home Thursday afternoon.

Smith was on probation after pleading no contest April 3 to a fifth-degree felony charge of attempted deception to obtain a dangerous drug.

He was in the Medina County Jail on Friday, where he was being held without bond because of the probation violation. He was placed on two years’ probation in May after pleading no contest in Medina County Common Pleas Court to a charge of attempted deception to obtain a dangerous drug, a fifth-degree felony.

Sheriff’s Lt. Travis Colonius said it is likely Smith will face more charges.

“We can’t prove that he stole everything, so for now he’s only facing a receiving stolen property charge,” Colonius said.

Colonius said police were alerted after items waiting to go on auction went missing in Louisville, just northeast of Canton. One of the auction workers found some similar items in a Craigslist ad and contacted police after setting up a meeting with Smith, who answered the ad, Colonius said.

Among the items found at Smith’s home were two

TenPoint crossbows, valued at $1,000 to $1,200 each, and three Barnett crossbows. Colonius said the value of the Barnett crossbows was still being determined.

Not all the crossbows have serial numbers, but Colonius said some of the ones that do have been confirmed as being from MC Sports, 976 N. Court St., Medina Township, which also had reported some items stolen.

MC Sports officials declined to comment until the investigation is complete.

Colonius said some other items uncovered at Smith’s residence were of unknown origin, so they could have been Smith’s own property or stolen from another location and not reported.

“It looks like his home was the convergence of criminal activity,” Colonius said. “Things were taken from other places, but ended up there.”

Also included in the seized property are five bicycles, a small trailer, a laser level and a number of industrial leaf blowers and snow blowers.

Police also confiscated Smith’s laptop computer as evidence he used it to put up the Craigslist ad, Colonius said, as well as two firearms that Smith was not allowed to possess because he was on probation.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.