Former football player from Maine charged in Conn. thefts

Posted Aug. 12, 2011, at 9:51 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 12, 2011, at 8:21 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A former star football player at Southern Connecticut State University has been charged in a series of thefts at New Haven-area health clubs.

The New Haven Register reports that 23-year-old John Mychael Wiechman faces charges including larceny, identify theft and illegal use of credit cards.

Police said items including cash, jewelry, electronics and credit cards were stolen from locker rooms and parked vehicles from April to July. Authorities first arrested Wiechman in March and charged him again on Tuesday on 11 warrants.

Wiechman is from Buxton, Maine, and lives in New Haven. He was a senior running back on Southern’s team last year and the 2008 Northeast 10 Conference offensive player of the year.

He’s being held on $55,000 bail. His lawyer, Jack O’Donnell, says his client plans to plead not guilty and to seek treatment for substance abuse.

 

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