CRIME AND COURTS: Police probe vehicle fires ... Two held in car break-ins ... Man to plead guilty to casino theft
Police investigate vehicle fires WEST FARGO -- Police in West Fargo responded to multiple vehicle fires from 1:50 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday, a statement from the police department said. The fires were located from the 100 block of Main Avenue East to...
Police investigate vehicle fires
WEST FARGO -- Police in West Fargo responded to multiple vehicle fires from 1:50 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday, a statement from the police department said. The fires were located from the 100 block of Main Avenue East to the 400 block of 17th Street East.
Three vehicles and one school bus had heavy fire and smoke damage.
The incidents "are believed to be related, however done at random," the release said.
Police are investigating the incidents. There are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Fargo Police Department at (701) 433-5500.
Teens held in car break-ins
MOORHEAD -- Two 18-year-olds are in Clay County Jail after police responded early Sunday morning to a report of two individuals going into parked vehicles, says a release from the Moorhead Police Department.
Officers found two adult male subjects, Adam James Fogel and Christopher Jeremy Lee Gomez, going from vehicle to vehicle checking doors and entering unlocked vehicles, according to the release.
The subsequent investigation indicated about 30 to 50 vehicles may have been tampered with and/or entered. Those automobiles were located in an area covering 10th Avenue North to 13th Avenue North on 15th, 15½ and 16th Streets. Residents in that area are asked to check their vehicles and contact the police department to report any damage or missing items.
Fogel and Gomez are being held on charges including minor consuming, theft and possessing stolen property, the release says.
Man to plead in casino theft
MINOT -- A Belcourt, N.D., man said he will plead guilty to stealing nearly $2,500 from a Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation casino where he worked as a cashier.
Shane Trottier is charged in federal court with theft by officers and employees of gaming establishments on Indian lands.
He's accused of taking the money from Sky Dancer Casino during a 10-day period in January.
Prosecutors said on several occasions, Trottier cashed out a ticket, canceled the transaction, put the ticket in his pocket and cashed it later.
Trottier faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.