ERWIN — A Johnson City man arrested earlier this month and charged by the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department with three counts of aggravated burglary over the past two weeks was charged again Wednesday for his alleged involvement in a near break-in.
Matthew Mohlar, 37, last known address 506 E. Myrtle Avenue, Apt. 3, Johnson City, was arrested by officials with the Johnson City Police and UCSD on Dec. 15 after criminal arrest warrants were issued out of Unicoi County for Mohlar.
At that time, Mohlar was charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and two counts of theft of property over $1,000 in Unicoi County. UCSD Chief Investigator Ken Potter said previously that Mohlar was responsible for a break-in that occurred Nov. 21 at a home on Tilson Mountain Road. Potter said a shotgun, laptop computer, safe, bow with arrows, tool box and video camera were taken from the home.
Mohlar was also charged with a burglary that occurred at a home on Spring Rock Drive on Nov. 28. Items taken from the home included an XBox video game system, a bass guitar and children’s jewelry, Potter said.
Potter previously said investigators were able to develop Mohlar as a suspect after the bass guitar turned up at a Johnson City pawn shop, which was able to provide investigators with Mohlar’s name.
Last Thursday, Mohlar was again charged with aggravated burglary for allegedly breaking into a home in the south end of Unicoi County on Oct. 21 and taking an air compressor and chain saw. Because investigators were able to place the shotgun taken Nov. 21 in Mohlar’s hands and due to his prior felony convictions, Potter said Mohlar may also face federal charges as a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
On Wednesday, Mohlar was charged with attempted burglary and vandalism. According to Potter, Lt. Jason Tilson responded to a burglar alarm at a home on Coffee Ridge Loop on the morning of Nov. 21. According to Sgt. Josh Randolph, no physical entry was made into the home, but the perpetrator threw a rock through a window to see if it would activate an alarm. When it did, the perpetrator left, according to Randolph.
A UCSD release on Mohlar’s new charges said investigators met with an informant Dec. 22 who provided information that corroborated the crime scene.
Mohlar, who is currently being held in the Unicoi County Jail, is awaiting arraignment on the new charges.