Footprints lead to arrest of armed break-in suspects.

March 13, 2018

UPDATE: Suspects have been identified.

Footprints lead to arrest of armed break-in suspects.



BRANCH TOWNSHIP — Two armed Fountain men were each arrested on eight felony charges for breaking into several cabins Sunday, March 11, after Mason County sheriff’s deputies tracked their footprints from one crime scene to another, said Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole.

The suspects, Lee Hamilton Colby, 34, and Chad Fredrick Collins, 26, both of Fountain, have been arraigned in 79th District Court. Colby remains lodged in the Mason County Jail on a $50,000 cash/surety bond, and Collins also remains lodged in jail on a $35,000 cash/surety  bond, Cole said.

“On Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3:11 p.m., MCSO deputies were called to the 6900 block of Lake Street in the Tallman Lake area of Branch Township for a reported breaking and entering of a residence,” states a press release from the sheriff.

“Deputies responded to the call and while checking the area found three additional break-ins of cabins. Deputies followed the foot tracks for about a half mile to another residence. There, deputies located two suspects. After securing the suspect residence, a search warrant was obtained and deputies recovered nearly 50 pieces of suspected stolen property. The property included TVs, power tools, propane tanks, yard tools and household appliances.”


The suspects were each arrested on the following charges:

Count 1: First degree home invasion, for allegedly breaking and entering without permission a dwelling located at East Lake Street with the intent to commit a larceny therein, and while entering, present in, or exiting the dwelling was armed with Ruger .22 rifle, a dangerous weapon.

Count 2: Weapons-felony firearm, for allegedly carrying or having in his possession a firearm, a rifle, at the time he allegedly committed or attempted to commit the felony.

Counts 3, 4, 5, and 6: Second degree home invasion, breaking and entering or entering without permission, dwellings located on Lake Street and Oak Street, and while entering, presented in, or exiting the dwelling allegedly committed a larceny.

Count 7: Breaking and entering a building with intent, allegedly breaking and entering into a detached garage located on East Oak Street, with the intent to commit the crime of larceny.

Count 8: Possession of burglary tools, did knowingly have in their possession hand tools and pry bars, adapted and designed for cutting or burning through, forcing, or breaking open a building, room, vault, safe or other depository.

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