Five Northern Michigan freshmen face trial for bike thefts

Five Northern Michigan freshmen will go to trial next month on misdemeanor charges involving stolen bicycles.

Dylan Walchuk, Mitch Jones, Jake Baker, Eric Walker and DJ Vandercook are all alleged to have committed the crimes on or about Sept. 23.

“They all involved thefts of bikes on campus and people who were in possession of those bikes,” Marquette County assistant prosecuting attorney Glenn Sarka told the Marquette Mining Journal. “We’re set for trial, there was no (plea) agreement at pretrial.”

All five players are being represented by Marquette attorney George Hyde III. They waived their arraignments and a pretrial conference was held Oct. 27.

According to NMU, the players are all going through the NMU student discipinary process for university code violations as well as an athletic review committee for disciplinary infractions.

Jones has two goals and two assists this year, Baker has one assist, and Walchuk leads all NMU freshmen in scoring with a goal and four assists.

Walker and Vandercook have not appeared in any games this season.