OROVILLE — A Chico man charged following a string of recent burglaries involving expensive bicycles has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
A hearing had been set for Tuesday in Butte County Superior Court for Michael Keith Eosefow. However, Eosefow, 28, opted to forego the hearing where a judge would determine whether there was probable cause to hold him for trial, according to supervising deputy district attorney Michael Sanderson.
Eosefow is currently charged with two counts of receiving stolen property, second-degree burglary and drug possession.
A trial date for the defendant may be set in two weeks, but Sanderson said additional charges were likely. He said prosecutors were waiting for a final report from Chico police that includes a tally of recovered items.
Eosefow was arrested on Feb. 19 after allegedly stealing three high-end bicycles from a house off Chico Canyon Road. An investigation led police to a Chico storage locker rented by Eosefow.
Police confiscated about 30 bicycles from the locker and initially estimated the value of the stolen items at $125,000.
The defendant remains in custody at Butte County Jail.