Second man possibly connected to numerous break-ins arrested, charged

Dickie Lee Goodwin and Nicholas John Bailey
Dickie Lee Goodwin and Nicholas John Bailey

REED CITY  — Both men believed to be connected to more than 30 break-ins throughout six counties are now lodged in the Osceola County Jail, facing charges with many more likely to be filed.

Nicholas John Bailey, 22, and Dickie Lee Goodwin, 31, both of Cadillac, each are charged with one count of breaking and entering into a building with intent and one count of conspiracy to commit breaking and entering into a building with intent.

The arrest of the men came after 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 Wednesday evening.

For months, law enforcement officials from Osceola County along with Lake, Wexford, Mecosta, Missaukee and Clare counties have 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.

The individual apprehended after the Hoagland's Hardware break-in was one of the suspects who had been developed from the investigation into the string of break-ins, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. This led police to his partner.

Right now, police have identified more than 30 break-ins that seem to be connected to Goodwin and Bailey, but law enforcement officials estimate the numbers could climb to more than 50 break-ins. While the main thing stolen during the break-ins was cash, earlier reports state electronics, computers, cash registers and safes were stolen from the businesses.

While the duo is believed to be involved in many business break-ins, right now their two charges are only related to one incident, but not from the Hoagland's Hardware break-in.

According to court documents, the charges Bailey and Goodwin are being held on are in relation to a breaking and entering on Aug. 1, in Osceola County's Middle Branch Township.

"Those were charges from a report that had been finished and we were able to get a warrant on," explained Osceola County Undersheriff Justin Halladay. "We are still working to piece together the multiple and make the strongest case possible. Further charges are expected from our county, and eventually, the other counties."

Bond for Bailey and Goodwin is set at $1 million each. Both have preliminary examinations scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, in Osceola County's 77th District Court.