Five University of Montana students, including three Griz football players, were arrested this morning and charged with felony burglary, according to the Missoula County Jail roster. Their bail was set at $50,000 apiece.
Missoula police arrested and charged Kendrick Van Ackeren, John Schmaing, Joseph Counts, Courtney Reep and Maclain Tomlinson. Counts and Reep posted bail this morning.
At 2:51 a.m., a 911 call came in from the 200 block of Pattee Canyon Drive reporting a burglary, Sgt. Collin Rose said. No injuries or use of force was reported.
All five students will appear in Justice Court Nov. 2.
Counts, Schmaing, and Van Ackeren have been suspended indefinitely from the Grizzly football team, Athletic Director Kent Haslam told the Missoulian.
Schmaing, a senior offensive lineman, and Van Ackeren, a senior linebacker, both played in Montana's loss to Portland State in Portland earlier Saturday.
That game ended just after 6 p.m. Mountain Time.
Van Ackeren is Montana's leading tackler on the year, with 96.
Counts, a redshirt junior running back, hasn't played since Sept. 26 against Northern Arizona because of injury. He scored the winning touchdown with two seconds left in Montana's season opener against North Dakota State.
Four of the students, minus Reep, are charged with breaking into a house in the process of a renovation. The homeowner, who wished to stay anonymous, said a few rooms on the first and second floor aren’t connected to the main house where he and his family live.
His wife and three daughters were home when, according to charging documents, Schmaing, Counts, Van Ackeren and Tomlinson allegedly entered the addition with a ladder. He and his wife said they could hear the assailants walking around and talking upstairs and could see them through a front window, but the homeowners stayed quiet.
“One of the guys was standing in the doorway and he was as big as the door, so I thought it wasn’t in my best interests to confront him,” he said.
The home owner said he heard the four students talked about taking something, but the homeowner said nothing was stolen or damaged.
Reep arrived just before police arrived and the homeowner said he didn’t think she knew she was picking up the guys from a burglary.
“I hope they’re not guilty of much more than being extraordinarily stupid,” he said.
Glad that it wasn’t worse, his main concern was for his family’s safety.
“When that’s molested, it’s hard to put that back together,” he said.