Trials set for father and son accused of working with break-in crew
The court cases against the trio suspected of breaking into multiple homes in Washtenaw County during the summer continue toward trial despite plea negotiations.
According to court records, Jeffrey Aron Schuh, 20, and his father Jeffrey Arthur Schuh, 54, were in court for a pretrial hearing in front of Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Archie Brown Wednesday. Both will proceed toward a trial scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. May 6, records show.
They’ll both be back in court for a final pretrial hearing at 1:30 p.m. April 24, according to court records.
The father and son duo are accused of working with Quang Nguyen, 20, and Steven Colwell, 26, to break into homes in Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Township, Scio Township, Webster Township and Dexter Township during July and August. Colwell was arrested following a home invasion in August and testified against the other three.
According to Colwell’s testimony, he broke into nine houses with the younger Schuh and Nguyen. The elder Schuh served as a lookout on three of those break-ins.
Foreign coins, two-dollar bills, equestrian trophies, jewelry, silver goblets, electronics, cash, a guitar and custom-made brass bullets were among the items reported stolen by the crew.
Nguyen and his attorney, Ronald Gold, also were working on a plea deal at a pretrial hearing last month. He’s scheduled to return to court for another pretrial hearing at 1:30 p.m. March 13, according to court records.
Colwell pleaded guilty to five counts of second-degree home invasion and is serving between two and 15 years in prison.
Jeffrey Aron Schuh faces 16 counts of second-degree home invasion, two counts of first-degree home invasion, two counts of safe breaking and two counts of stealing a financial transaction device. Nguyen faces all those same crimes and an additional two counts of second-degree home invasion. They both face a maximum of life in prison on the safe breaking charge.
Jeffrey Arthur Schuh faces five counts of second-degree home invasion, one count of first-degree home invasion and two counts of stealing a financial transaction device.
All three are lodged at the Washtenaw County Jail.