More break-in charges on Collins

By Jeff Linville -
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DOBSON — As if 130-plus charges weren’t enough, law enforcement agencies have added six more counts to an Ararat man’s rap sheet.

Todd Emerson Collins Jr., 37, of 317 Rock Hill Church Road, Ararat, originally was chased down (both in a vehicle and on foot) before being captured on March 11 by a Dobson police officer.

After the arrest, the Dobson Police Department served Collins with 110 felony warrants, 11 misdemeanor warrants and four traffic violations across five counties: Surry, Wilkes, Yadkin and Watauga in North Carolina and Carroll County in Virginia.

When Officer Ryan Adams checked with other agencies to see if they wanted Collins for other crimes, several popped up including Mount Airy, Elkin, Boone and North Wilkesboro police departments, sheriff’s departments for Surry, Wilkes, Yadkin Watauga and Carroll (Virginia) counties, and the N.C. Highway Patrol.

“After further investigation the white Jeep was reported stolen that Todd Collins was driving, and Officer Adams located a quantity of methamphetamine inside the Jeep,” Dobson Police Chief Shawn Myers said previously.

In addition to the 121 outstanding warrants, Myers said, “Adams will be issuing additional charges for Todd Emerson Collins for felony possession of stolen vehicle, felony flee to elude arrest, fail to heed to blue lights and siren, driving while license suspended, resist/obstruct and delay, aggressive driving, felony possession of 14.1 grams methamphetamine, felony maintaining a drug vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.”

Collins was given a secured bond of $855,000.

In Surry County alone, some of the many charges included six counts of larceny of a vehicle, eight counts of breaking and entering, six counts of larceny after breaking in, four counts of possession of stolen cars, and six counts of possession of stolen goods.

In April, the Surry County Sheriff’s Office added additional charge of two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods, felony possession of stolen goods, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering.

He was given an additional $37,500 secured bond with a court appearance April 17.

Last week, Watauga County added new complaints against Collins.

On May 31, Watauga officials charged him at the county detention center with three counts of felony larceny, breaking and entering, and breaking and entering of a vehicle. The complainant in this instance is a Matthew Rollins of Boone. Collins also has been charged with achieving the status of a habitual felon.

He was scheduled to have a court appearance on dozens of the charges on Monday, with dozens more coming on June 13 in Wilkes County. He has a court date in Watauga June 15, then is back in Dobson July 17 for several charges.


By Jeff Linville

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