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16-year-old faces theft, attempted theft, armed robbery charges

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

FARGO - A 16-year-old male arrested Tuesday in connection with a stolen car is being referred to juvenile authorities on additional charges including 20 counts of theft and attempted theft of motor vehicles and one charge of armed robbery.

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Police say their investigation determined the male robbed the Loaf 'N Jug convenience store at 1201 North University Drive on Feb. 6 while armed with a knife, said Fargo police Lt. Pat Claus.

The 20 additional charges are the result of an ongoing criminal investigation into a series of car thefts that began in early January, a news release stated. Several of the stolen vehicles were discovered burning in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Claus said some of the stolen vehicle cases remain open and are under investigation.

The juvenile male was detained by authorities after he was the passenger in a stolen vehicle that was pulled over by Fargo police at 11:51 p.m. Tuesday. The driver, Charles Butcher, 26, of Moorhead, was arrested by officers shortly after he fled the vehicle.

Butcher is slated for a March 19 court appearance on a theft of property charge, according to court papers. It's unknown if Butcher will face addi-tional charges like the juvenile male.

Claus said he did not know the relationship between Butcher and the juvenile male.

Claus said officers are doing some follow-up investigations on the stolen vehicle cases and the unsolved cases, and that more suspects could be charged.

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