Man faces 3-15 years in prison for cabin break-in spree.

June 19, 2018

Chad Collins with his attorney, Douglas Stevenson.

Man faces 3-15 years in prison for cabin break-in spree.

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By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 26-year-old Sheridan Township man who went on a crime spree with an accomplice last March, breaking into cabins in the Tallman Lake area of Branch Township, pleaded guilty to second-degree home invasion and receiving and concealing stolen property $1,000-$20,000 Tuesday, June 19, in 51st Circuit Court.

Chad Fredrick Collins, of 6735 E. Butters Rd, faces serving three to 15 years in prison for the convictions.

Collins was initially facing eight felony charges of first-degree home invasion, four counts of second-degree home invasion, felony firearm, breaking and entering a building with intent and possession of burglary tools.

His accomplice was Lee Hamilton Colby, 34, of Fountain. Colby, who faces the same eight felony counts that Collins was facing, has not yet pleaded in his case.

Both men were armed when they broke into the cabins, stealing electronics and several other items. Deputies recovered nearly 50 pieces of stolen property, including TVs, power tools, propane tanks, yard tools and household appliances.

Mason County sheriff’s deputies tracked their footprints from one crime scene to another, said Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole, and ultimately tracked them down to one of the residences they had broken into.

Restitution  in the case is yet to be determined, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 29-57 months.

Sentencing set for Aug. 7 at 2:45 p.m.

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