LOGAN — Cache County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a second suspect believed to be responsible for a string of burglaries in Cache, Salt Lake and Duchesne Counties.
Kaitlin Blakeslee was booked into the Cache County Jail Tuesday night. The 23-year-old is being held on burglary and theft charges, second and third-degree-felonies. She is also being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.
Cache Country Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said detectives believe Blakeslee helped Roy Meyer, who was arrested on similar charges Monday, to rob homes and storage sheds throughout the area.
Peterson said sheriff’s deputies served a warrant Tuesday to a trailer-home at 350 West 800 South. Inside they found appliances, furniture, construction tools, hand tools and other merchandise believed to have been stolen. A vehicle at the residence also had items inside, also believed to have been stolen.
Investigators filled several trailers full of the stolen items. Peterson estimated the value of the merchandise between $40,000-$50,000.
Peterson said investigators have already linked some of the merchandise to robberies reported in Blacksmith Fork Canyon, Hyrum, Nibley, and Logan. Some of the recovered items are also believed to be tied to burglaries in Salt Lake and Duchesne counties.
Both Blakeslee and Meyer had only been in Cache Valley for about a week, according to Peterson. They appeared to target residential or spec homes and cabins that were vacant. The two are also accused of breaking into several storage sheds.
Meyer was arrested Monday night and is being held on two counts of burglary, second and third-degree felonies. Also two counts of theft, a third-degree felony and class-B misdemeanor. Bail for the 29-year-old has been set at $45,583.
Bail has not been set for Blakeslee. Both she and Meyer are expected to be arraigned in 1st District Court Thursday afternoon.
Detectives are now trying to return the merchandise to the original owners. “We’ve got a lot of work to do,” said Peterson.
Anyone who believes they may have had items stolen from them are asked to call the Cache County Sheriff’s Office, 435-755-1000.