Backcountry skier, guide, author Andrew McLean and wife face felony charges

Backcountry skier, guide, author Andrew McLean and wife face felony charges

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Andrew McLean is no stranger to the spotlight. With a career that spans from Black Diamond Equipment designer to professional skiing and climbing guide to author, Mclean has made headlines for his invention of the Ice Axe Whippet, his appearance in the 2007 ski film Steep and writing his own guide book to steep skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, The Chuting Gallery.

Last week, however, McLean and his wife, Park City attorney Polly Samuels McLean, made headlines when the couple was charged with felony theft and misdemeanor charges for criminal mischief on Thursday, September 6, according to Park Record. Andrew and Polly were caught stealing $1,500 worth of hunting equipment, including two deer stands and a trail camera, captured via a second trail camera. The hunting equipment and trail cameras belonged to Skip Sheldon Roberts, who posted the photos to the Facebook group UTAH HUNTING, FISHING AND CAMPING, asking for people to help him identify the thieves. Eventually the duo were identified and police were notified.

The Unified Police Department issued search warrants for the McLeans’ home in Park City as well as their cabin in Lamb’s Canyon where the deer stands and camera were recovered. It is reported that an additional $500 worth of damage was done to the stolen equipment.

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