London man sentenced for role in gas station hold-up

Jane Beathard Staff Writer

November 25, 2013

A London man, who admitted acting as the “lookout” during a Sept. 9 hold-up of the city’s Speedway, will spend the next three years in prison.

Scottie E. Collins, 25, pleaded guilty in Madison County Common Pleas Court on Thursday, Nov. 21, to complicity to robbery. Two additional charges were dismissed by the prosecutor’s office as part of a plea deal. Collins faced up to eight years in prison and a $15,000 fine for the second-degree felony conviction.

Assistant prosecutor Nick Adkins said Collins provided a statement of his involvement in the incident and agreed to testify against his co-defendant — the suspected robber. While that man’s identity is known to authorities, he has not been indicted.

A London police report said Collins and a co-defendant “cased” the gas station sometime after midnight on Sept. 9 to make sure no customers were inside. Collins stationed himself on the north side of High Street and watched while the other man went inside with a gun.

Police responded at 1:25 a.m. to a 9-1-1 call from a female clerk who said she was robbed at gunpoint by an unknown man who then fled the store. A short time later, an officer found Collins walking on the city’s south side.

Collins initially denied any involvement in the robbery, but later changed his story. Police recovered a pellet gun, believed to be the one used in the robbery.

Also on Thursday, Cassandra L. Frye, 38, of London, pleaded guilty to theft and burglary of a Choctaw Lake home between July 24 and Aug. 12. Four additional counts were dismissed as part of a plea bargain.

Frye faces up to six years in prison and a $20,000 fine for the third-degree felonies. Penalties increased because the victim was elderly.

Judge Eamon Costello set sentencing for Jan. 16.

Costello delayed a request by defense attorney Thomas Arrington to reduce Frye’s $25,000 bond, pending completion of a pre-sentence investigation.

Frye blamed her criminal behavior on an addiction to crack cocaine.