ERWIN — The Johnson City man arrested last week for his alleged involvement in a pair of residential burglaries on the south end of Unicoi County now faces additional theft and possibly federal charges.
Matthew Mohlar, 37, 506 E. Myrtle Ave., Apt. 3, Johnson City, was arrested last week in Johnson City by officials with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department and Johnson City Police Department after criminal warrants were issued by the UCSD.
UCSD Chief Investigator Ken Potter previously said Mohlar was developed as a suspect in home burglaries that occurred on Nov. 21 and Nov. 28. In the Nov. 21 burglary, entry into a residence on Tilson Mountain Road was gained through a rear window and items taken included a shotgun, a computer, a safe, a video camera, a bow with arrows and a tool box, Potter said.
On Nov. 28, an XBox 360 gaming system, bass guitar and children’s jewelry was taken from a home on Spring Rock Drive after the burglar had gained entry into the home by breaking glass, Potter said.
Potter said investigators were able to develop Mohlar as a suspect after the allegedly stolen bass guitar turned up in a Johnson City pawn shop. The shop was able to provide investigators with Mohlar’s name.
Following his arrest last week, Mohlar was charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and two counts of theft of property over $1,000 in Unicoi County. On Thursday, Mohlar was again charged with aggravated burglary for his alleged involvement in a home break-in that occurred Oct. 21 in the south end of the county.
Potter said that on that date, a shovel was used to break out a rear window, allowing the burglar to unlock a door.
UCSD Sgt. Josh Randolph said a witness had come forward and told officials that Mohlar tried to sell him a Stihl chainsaw and Craftsman air compressor, items that were allegedly taken on Oct. 21.
Mohlar is being held in the Unicoi County Jail under at $40,000 bond. Randolph read and served the third burglary warrant Thursday and arraignment is pending. No bond has been set on that warrant.
Potter said UCSD investigators have also been able to place the shotgun allegedly stolen Nov. 21 in Mohlar’s hands. Potter said investigators learned Mohlar had sold the shotgun to a buyer in Johnson City. The weapon has since been recovered.
Mohlar has multiple prior felony convictions, Randolph said, including convictions for aggravated burglary in Washington and Sullivan counties. Potter said that offense has been given to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for federal prosecution of a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
“Convicted felon in possession of a firearm is something that we take very seriously,” Potter said.