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2 men charged with theft of rifle later used in Fargo robbery attempt

FARGO – Two men have been arrested in connection with the theft of a rifle used in an attempted robbery at a Fargo Tesoro gas station, according to Cass County District Court documents.

Dimetri Ward and Lamark Anthony Williams are accused of stealing a .22-caliber Savage rifle, with a red-dot sight and banana clip, that was later recovered in the Feb. 11 robbery attempt at the Tesoro station, 3202 33rd St. S., court documents said.

On Jan. 28, two men reported that their vehicles had been broken into at a Fargo apartment complex. Guns, a toolbox and a tool set were stolen, according to court documents.

One man reported that two rifles had been taken from his pickup, the .22-caliber Savage and a .17-caliber Hornady Magnum rifle with a scope.

Video of the suspects from the apartment complex theft and social media photos helped Fargo police identify Ward and Williams as suspects in the case, court documents said. A third suspect has not yet been identified.

Both Ward and Williams face felony charges of theft and conspiracy to commit unlawful entry into a vehicle. Ward, a convicted felon, also faces a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, court documents said.

The suspect in the attempted robbery at Tesoro, John Holeton of Fargo, was later arrested and charged in that case. He remained in custody Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Cass County Jail.

Ward and Williams were also being held at the jail. Court records did not list attorneys for them.

Helmut Schmidt

Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including K-12 education, Fargo city government, criminal justice, and military affairs. He is currently one of The Forum's business reporters.

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