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Fake firefighter has criminal history in Eagle County

Jessica Fender
The Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado
This June 15, 2012 photo shows Michael Maher at the Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colo. Deputies arrested Maher, 30, of Denver, Sunday, June 17, 2012, on charges including theft and impersonating a firefighter. The sheriff's department said Maher was driving through the fire zone with phony firefighter credentials and a stolen government license plate. His truck was later seen near a bar in Laporte, and investigators said they found a gun and stolen property in the vehicle. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Karl Gehring) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT

EAGLE COUNTY – The man with arrested for impersonating a High Park firefighter bonded out of the Larimer County jail Monday night, sheriff’s spokesman John Schulz said.

Michael Maher, 30, was charged with a class 4 felony for allegedly stealing supplies meant for crews battling the High Park blaze. He was also charged with impersonating a firefighter, obstructing a peace officer and attempting to influence a public servant.

He was advised of those charges Monday afternoon in the Larimer County Jail. His bond was set at $15,000.

Maher was spotted Saturday wandering through the fire zone in his truck and arrested at a Laporte bar that night.

It’s hardly Maher’s first run-in with the law – or his first time passing himself off as a firefighter.

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Law enforcement agents in the mountain communities of Eagle County know “ol’ Mike Maher” by name and can recount offhand his persistent probation violations and bizarre run-ins with local police.

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