Crime & Courts

China Grove felon faces federal firearms charges

A convicted felon was arrested Friday on federal firearms charges near his home in China Grove, Rowan County sheriff’s investigators said.

In early August, authorities began investigating complaints that Michael Todd Collins, 44, had a large number of firearms.

Sheriff’s detectives with a search warrant said they seized at least 20 firearms, most of which were military-type weapons, from Collins’ home during the investigation.

In January 2002, Collins was arrested by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office in connection with an armored car robbery in China Grove.

That case was transferred to federal court, where Collins was found guilty of the robbery and sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison.

On June 22, Collins was a passenger in a truck stopped by the state Highway Patrol in the 300 block of East Innes Street in Salisbury. Troopers said they found marijuana and a stolen Remington .22-caliber rifle in the truck. Collins was charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

Collins is in custody awaiting a first appearance on the federal firearms charges.