A Pleasant Grove, Utah, part-time firefighter is behind bars after crime spree targeting the Pleasant Grove fire station.
Brenden Ivie, 21, was booked into the Utah County Jail Sunday for charges of drug possession, theft and burglary.
Ivie is a part-time firefighter for the Unified Fire Authority and has interned for several agencies in Utah County, including the Pleasant Grove Fire Department, Pleasant Grove Police Lt. Britt Smith tells KSL News.
On four separate occasions investigators believe Ivie broke into the Pleasant Grove Fire Department, got into the ambulance and took boxes that contain narcotics for medical use, such as fentanyl, diazapam, ketamine, morphine and midazolam. Although the fire station is occupied around the clock, Smith tells KSL News investigators believe Ivie broke in typically between 2 and 4 a.m.
To nab the thief, firefighters set up surveillance in the fire station. Smith tells KSL News at about 2 a.m., they watched Ivie drive up to the station to attempt to burglarize the department a fifth time — the third time in three days.
Authorities apprehended Ivie after his attempts to enter through a window he had broken Saturday, Smith tells KSL News.
During his arrest, Smith tells KSL News Ivie had an IV catheter port line already fixed on his arm and inserted into a vein.
With Ivie off the streets, investigators secured a warrant to search his home and vehicle where they recovered all of the items missing from the prior burglaries.
KSL News reports authorities are also looking into whether Ivie was possibly getting drugs from anywhere else.
“We think that he was also an employee at a hospital, and we think that he was stealing from the trash,” Smith said.
As of Monday, no charges have been filed against Ivie, but the Unified Fire Authority released a prepared statement the same day for KSL News saying Ivie has been with the department since January, but “has since been removed from all future work schedules” in light of his arrest.
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