Men charged in Osceola County break-ins also face counts in Mecosta County

BIG RAPIDS — Two men arrested in August and accused of being involved in a string of break-ins throughout Osceola County also have been charged in Mecosta County.

On Friday, Dickie Lee Goodwin Jr., 31, of Cadillac, was charged with one count of safe breaking, two counts of breaking and entering a building with intent and one count of larceny in a building.

His co-defendant, Nicholas John Bailey, 22, faced the same charges, but entered into a plea agreement with the Mecosta County Prosecutor’s Office last week. Bailey agreed to plead guilty to one of the breaking and entering a building with intent charges in exchange for his additional three charges being dismissed.

According to court documents, the duo is accused of breaking into the Falcon Head Golf Course.

Goodwin was arraigned via video conference, as he is serving between three and 15 years in prison for breaking and entering convictions out of Wexford County.

Bailey is on probation for breaking and entering convictions from Wexford County, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections website.

The men were first arrested in August, following a report of a breaking and entering around 4:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, at Hoagland’s Hardware in Tustin, to which the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office responded.

After some investigation, one of the suspects was discovered lying in a vehicle parked behind a business in Tustin. He was then transported to the Osceola County Jail. The other suspect was apprehended later.

For months, law enforcement officials from Osceola County, along with law enforcement officials from Lake, Wexford, Mecosta, Missaukee and Clare counties, had been working together to solve dozens of breaking and enterings at businesses in their respective areas, which police believed were being done by the same individuals.

While the main thing stolen during the break-ins was cash, electronics, computers, cash registers and safes were stolen from the businesses.

In Osceola County, Bailey and Goodwin are charged with a multitude of crimes related to the break-ins. Bailey and Goodwin face a total of 24 charges each  — three counts of safe breaking, one count of acquiring/maintaining a criminal enterprise, 16 counts of breaking and entering a building with intent, one count of possession of burglar’s tools, one count of receiving and concealing a stolen firearm, one count of larceny of a firearm and one count of felony firearm. They each are facing life in prison.

Their cases are ongoing in Osceola County, with no court dates set at this time.

In the Mecosta County case – his newest one – Goodwin has a bond of $250,000. His preliminary examination is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, in Mecosta County’s 77th District Court.