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Inmate escapes from Utah jail; possibly heading to California

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Kaleb Wiewandt, an inmate at the Weber County Jail, escaped custody Tuesday night and authorities are asking for the public's help to find him. (Photo: Weber County Jail)

An inmate at the Weber County Jail escaped custody Tuesday night by posing as another inmate.

Kaleb Wiewandt, 40, was being held for the U.S. Marshals on charges of bank fraud and identity theft, according to a press release by the Weber County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say he recently shaved his head to look like Matthew Belnap and was in possession of his identification card. Wiewandt was able to give Belnap's full name, date of birth and Social Security number from memory to jail staff.

Belnap was later booked on charges of obstruction and aiding an escape.

Wiewandt is from the Orange County area in California and may eventually be heading back to the area, a press release stated.

Authorities believe Wiewandt may be waiting near the jail for a woman from California to pick him up.

Weber County deputies are working with the U.S. Marshals to locate Wiewandt and investigate the incident.

Wiewandt is described as a 5-foot 10-inches tall man who weighs 175 pounds. He has blue eyes, and a shaved head and face

Wiewandt was last seen wearing black pants and a black shirt over a gray long sleeve shirt. He was also carrying a gray hoodie.

The Weber County Sheriff's Office says they "have no reason to believe that Kaleb Wiewandt poses a risk to the public."

Anyone who comes in contact with or sees Wiewandt is asked to call their local police department.

Businesses and residents on 12th Street are being asked to check their surveillance cameras. Anyone with a video of Wiewandt in the area should contact Weber County Sgt. Chris Stettler at 801-778-6617.

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