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Police Arrest Weber County Fugitive Who Posed As Other Inmate To Escape

Kaleb Wiewandt (Photo: Weber County Sheriff's Office)

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho – Police have arrested a Weber County fugitive who escaped custody by posing as another inmate.

U.S. Marshal for the District of Utah, Matthew D. Harris, said 40-year-old Kaleb Wiewandt was arrested on Friday in Idaho by officers with the Idaho State Police and Elmore County Sheriff’s Office.

“I want to congratulate Deputy U.S. Marshals from Utah and Idaho for their tenacious and dogged investigative work in tracking this fugitive down,” Harris said in a statement. “I would also like to thank the Idaho State Police and the Elmore County ID Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in helping to catch this fugitive.”

Police said Wiewandt shaved his head, memorized another inmate’s social security number and used that inmate’s identification card to walk out of the Weber County Jail on Wednesday.

Officers tracked a vehicle Wiewandt was traveling in on Interstate 84 and arrested him southeast of Mountain Home.

“Like so many others before him, Mr. Wiewandt will learn that you can’t escape the long arm of the law,” Harris said. “I hope his four-day vacation was worth it because I suspect he won’t see the light of day for quite some time.”

Wiewandt was being held on federal charges of bank fraud and identity theft.

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