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Published August 12, 2010, 09:56 AM

Grand Forks theft suspect pleads not guilty

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of embezzling more than $10,000 from a Grand Forks motel has pleaded not guilty to a felony theft charge.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of embezzling more than $10,000 from a Grand Forks motel has pleaded not guilty to a felony theft charge.

Authorities say 29-year-old Ricky Stephens vanished shortly after reporting he was robbed at gunpoint April 1 while working at the Budget Inn Express.

The man who was caught on video robbing the motel remains at large. Police are looking into whether the holdup was staged.

Police say that while investigating the robbery, they uncovered a string of internal thefts and traced them to Stephens. He was later arrested in Florida.

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