MARQUETTE Ã‚– Northern Michigan University Public Safety and Police Services has arrested five men in connection with multiple larcenies from NMU and break-ins at area businesses.
The individuals and the charges they face are as follows: Michael Brich, 18, Marquette, two counts of breaking and entering a building with intent and one count of computers-Internet: communicating with another to commit a crime; James Bucholtz, 17, Marquette, one count of breaking and entering a building with intent and one count of receiving and concealing stolen property; Ryan Gutleber, 19, Harvey, two counts of breaking and entering a building with intent; Charles Rice, 20, Harvey, three counts of breaking and entering a building with intent; and Arlyn Summerlee, 19, Marquette, three counts of breaking and entering a building with intent. Ã‚
All of the charges are felonies. Officer Ken Love of NMU Public Safety and Police Services added that those arrested are not NMU students. He said an estimated $100,000 worth of items from the combined cases Ã‚– primarily electronic equipment Ã‚– was recovered through the investigation.
Projectors, video recorders, laptop computers and other equipment were stolen from the university through multiple larcenies dating back to December 2001. Love said it became clear to investigators that the on-campus incidents were connected to a series of break-ins and thefts at Marquette County businesses, including Wireless Propellant Systems in Negaunee Township, GetzÃ‚’s clothing store in Marquette and Casualties Skate and Snow in Marquette.
Ã‚“What it really boiled down to is that they were stealing items and then turning around and trying to sell them on eBay (an Internet auction site),Ã‚” Love explained. He and Vic LaDuke of NMU were the lead investigators on the case.
NMU Public Safety and Police Services was assisted by the Marquette Police Department, the Marquette County SheriffÃ‚’s Department, Michigan State Police and the FBI.
Ã‚“This is one of the biggest cases ever broken here and Ken deserves a lot of the credit; heÃ‚’s worked hard on this over the past several months,Ã‚” said Capt. Jeff Mincheff of NMU.
Contact Ken Love or Vic LaDuke at 227-2151