Barricaded suspect wanted for firearm thefts in Florida

(Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department assisted in the arrest of a man wanted in Florida for the theft of multiple firearms.

At about 7:30 a.m. the Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERTF) of the U.S. Marshals Service requested SWAT's assistance in an arrest warrant service that turned into a barricaded subject incident at a residence in the 600 block of W. 35th Street

Marshals and SWAT were at the residence serving the warrants for Anthony Chris Johnson, 26, who was wanted by the Brevard County (FL) Sheriff's Office for burglary and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Johnson is the suspect in a Brevard County pawn shop burglary where more than 30 firearms were stolen.

Officials with the Palm Bay Police Department in Florida say they are relieved.

"It's been a while since September, and you know, it's one of the difficulties. There's a couple of difficulties in a case. We have to find out who did it, and once we do that, if they flee our area then there's a whole other struggle of trying to find out where they are and track them down."

Marshals arrived at the residence and removed two females from the home before Johnson barricaded himself inside.

Johnson was taken into custody without incident around 11:30 a.m.

He was turned over to SERTF.

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