OREM A local actor who has appeared in several LDS-oriented comedies has been arrested in a theft.
Michael Birkeland, who appeared in "The Singles Ward,""The Home Teachers" and "Church Ball" movies and hosted the show "B All Over" on KJZZ-TV, was arrested last week. Utah Valley University police had been looking for him since early April.
On April 3, Birkeland allegedly attended an art class at UVU as a guest and, according to an affidavit of probable cause, he was seen using a computer that belongs to the class instructor. Soon after Birkeland was seen using the computer, police said, he left and the computer was missing.
A few days later the computer's owner spotted Birkeland, who was logged into Skype, an Internet communications site, and was seen via a built-in computer camera. The affidavit says that Birkeland was contacted by the owner of the computer at that time and Birkeland covered the camera in an attempt to conceal his identity.
Birkeland, 36, was later contacted by phone and asked to return the computer, but instead of directly returning it, police believe, he left it at the Thanksgiving Point gift shop. They had been looking for him since.
The computer is valued at $2,128.
Birkeland posted bond last week and will have his first appearance in court on Monday.