Former Cache Forest Service firefighter arrested burglary

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 3:08 PM


LOGAN — Two men, including a former firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, have been arrested in connection with a burglary at the federal agency’s complex in Logan.

Former firefighter Michael Keller, 31, of Eugene, Ore., and Thomas MacElwee, 30, of Nibley, are accused of taking a trailer with a snowmobile, firefighting equipment and winter rescue gear in the Aug. 20 burglary.

Investigators were able to identify Keller through security camera video, Logan Assistant Police Chief Jeff Curtis said. Keller would have known the code to get through the gate at the complex because of his former ties to the Forest Service, he added.

Keller, a former resident of Hyde Park, was arrested Thursday in Eugene, where he awaits extradition proceedings to return him to Utah on suspicion of second-degree felony theft.

MacElwee was arrested the same day in the Cache County town of Nibley, where authorities said they seized the trailer and other Forest Service property at his home.

The trailer was in the process of being altered, according to court records. All Forest Service markings had been removed and part of the vehicle identification number had been scratched out.

The snowmobile was still missing.

Also found at the home were marijuana, crystal meth, cocaine and illegal mushrooms, Curtis said.

MacElwee was being held at the county jail without bail on suspicion of possession of stolen property, distribution of drugs and altering of a VIN.

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