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From Casey Grove in Anchorage--

Saturday update: See videos from last night's FBI action at the bottom of the post.

Original story:

Federal agents tonight seized a shed from the Turnagain home of Israel Keyes, the man police linked to the abduction of Samantha Koenig.

Keyes, 34, is a self-employed carpenter who police say was directly involved in Koenig's disappearance Feb. 1. He was arrested in Texas for ATM fraud March 13 and caught with a stolen debit card and rolls of money, according to an FBI agent's affidavit. Police searched Keyes' home on Spurr Lane in Turnagain the day he was arrested.

Police, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office have refused to say how Keyes is connected to Koenig's abduction. She remains missing.

Keyes pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of access device fraud.

A man participating in the Friday night seizure at Spurr Lane, a dead-end street off of Clay Products Drive near West Northern Lights Boulevard, confirmed the dozen or so plainclothes men and women there were with the FBI. He declined to comment further, and the FBI personnel did not respond to questions.

Neighbors said about 10 p.m. a flatbed truck pulled in front of the house. Men unloaded a forklift from the back of the truck and went to work shoveling snow off what looked to be a roughly 6-foot by 8-foot metal shed with green trim.

Later, reporters watched as a forklift operator picked up the shed and backed slowly out of the short driveway while men held the shed steady. At one point, a woman inside the house where police say Keyes lived poked her head out to quiet a barking dog. Lights were on in the blue house and blinds covered all its windows.

The forklift operator carefully loaded the shed on the truck, and after blocking the base and strapping it down, the truck backed out of Spurr Lane and drove to the FBI's headquarters in downtown Anchorage.

FBI spokesman Eric Gonzalez would not say if the shed was related to either the investigation of Keyes' alleged debit card fraud or the investigation of Koenig's disappearance.

"We're still investigating," Gonzalez said.

Here's a video of the forklift backing out and setting the shed on a truck (kind of long at 10:13).

And here's a video of the truck driving away with the shed (2:28)

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