Mt. McSauba Robber Pleads Guilty

Johnny Ray Rossman, 37, Mancelona, pleaded guilty this morning in the 33rd Circuit Court in Charlevoix County to two counts of breaking and entering a building with intent to commit larceny and one count of larceny in a building.

The breaking and entering charges carry a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and the larceny in a building charge maximum is four years.

Rossman admitted that on July 19, 2020, he broke into both the City of Charlevoix’s Mount McSauba ski lodge and the AmericInn Lodge and Suites with the intent to steal and that he in fact, did steal from both locations.

According to police reports, Rossman stole an ATV, two computers, a cash register and other miscellaneous items. He entered the ski lodge through a window that was unlocked.

Reports indicate that Rossman left Mount McSauba riding the ATV, traveling across US 31 headed north where he lost control and witnesses observed the crash. Some of the items stolen were located later at the crash site.

The AmericInn, located just north of the crash site, reported that someone had broken into one of their hotel rooms that same night, cutting a window screen to gain access and that money had been stolen from the washer and dryer in the guest laundry room.

When police investigated, they found items stolen from Mount McSauba had been left in the room broken into at the AmericInn, tying the two crimes together. The ATV was later located which led to the arrest of Rossman.

Sentencing on these matters is scheduled for Feb. 19, 2021 before Judge Roy C. Hayes III.

About Allen Telgenhof

Allen Telgenhof is the Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney; he has been an attorney since 1989 and a high school baseball coach since 2005. Graduated from Clio High School, Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Proud father of Ty, Ally, Will and Lou and husband to Erin.
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