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Devils Lake police investigate burglary at home of man who died in I-29 crash near Buxton, N.D.

The home of a Devils Lake man killed in a traffic accident Sunday night near Buxton, N.D., may have been burglarized over the weekend.

The family of Monte Allen Armentrout discovered possible signs of forced entry on Monday when they went to the house, according to the Devils Lake Police Department.

“The residence was believed to have been burglarized Sunday night,” police Detective Sue Schwab said. “There are signs of possible forced entry. They’re still trying to determine what’s missing.”

There were no signs of ransacking in the house, she said, and the incident remains under investigation. “This is a difficult situation for the family.”

The 53-year-old Armentrout, who was confined to a wheelchair, may have lived alone in the house, according to police.

According to the state Highway Patrol, he was driving his Ford minivan on Interstate 29 on his way to the Twin Cities when the accident happened about 6 p.m. He was alone at the time.

The patrol said he had just passed another vehicle and merged back into the right lane when his minivan started to weave back and forth. The van then drifted across the left lane and entered the median. He appeared to be trying to bring the vehicle under control without braking. As he tried to turn right back onto the highway again, the van struck the center concrete pillar of the Exit 118 overpass.

Kevin Bonham

Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  

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