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

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.

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.