Frisco burglary linked to Summit County drug activity |

Frisco burglary linked to Summit County drug activity

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Frisco detective Mark White displays a big screen television, dvd player and home theatre projector that were recovered from a Frisco home last month. The electronic equipment was stolen in December from Summit TV and Audio. The police tracked down the thiefs after they were tipped off by two people arrested in an unrelated traffic stop.

FRISCO – A traffic stop for an illegal U-turn in Frisco uncovered various narcotics and eventually led to the arrest of six Summit County locals in connection with the December burglary of a Main Street electronics store.The theft of nearly $15,000 worth of electronics from Summit TV and Audio is linked to drug activity in Summit County, Detective Mark White said.White and Frisco Police Chief Tom Wickman agree there is an ever-present connection between the two. “When we look at the undercurrent of crime causation, many times drugs and alcohol are involved,” Wickman said. In this case, the two men pulled over in the traffic incident were arrested for possession of and intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.To lessen their felony charges, the men tipped off police to the whereabouts of the stolen electronics equipment.

After further investigation, police were able to obtain a search warrant for a Frisco home and seized a big screen television.White said they also found marijuana and LSD in the home.The men told police where they got the stolen merchandise, and police were able to recover the stolen DVD/TiVO media player and home theater projector from a second Frisco home. Four men were arrested in the two busts, in addition to the men at the original traffic stop.Police are not releasing the men’s names because they are hoping to make a seventh arrest in connection with two other stolen televisions.The men face charges ranging from felony burglary to felony possession of narcotics and criminal mischief.

Situations such as these are pushing the department to be more proactive about putting the brakes on drug trafficking in the area.Officers conducting traffic stops are being urged to investigate beyond basic infractions, Wickman said.By using their skills and training, officers are encouraged to determine if there are any violations other than the cause of the initial stop, he added.Summit County Sheriff John Minor agreed that recognizing indicators are an important part of making drug arrests, especially because Summit County is located on the Interstate 70 corridor, a major pipeline for transporting drugs.”Most drugs are brought into the community,” Minor said. “If you want it, it can be brought to you.”Neither Minor nor Wickman wants to scare anyone.

“This is still a safe community,” Minor said.They agree that the best way to control the problem is to start with the younger generation and for all of Summit County’s law enforcement agencies to put resources into education.Wickman also asserts that the fight against drug trafficking has to be a team effort, and he reminds people to be aware of suspicious situations.To that end, he praises the public for utilizing the Crimestoppers tip line following the burglary of Summit TV.Summit County Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to solving crimes in the county.”We want community involvement,” Wickman said. “People who take the time to call improve the quality of life in Frisco.”Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 229 or at

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