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Fergus Falls man faces theft charge involving $24,000 in US savings bonds

James Helps

FARGO—A Fergus Falls, Minn., man faces a theft charge in Cass County District Court after an agent with the area's Metro Street Crimes Unit discovered $24,000 worth of stolen U.S. savings bonds in the man's vehicle.

According to court documents:

The Street Crimes agent spotted an individual in a vehicle parked in the West Acres Shopping Center parking lot who he knew had an outstanding warrant.

After the individual, identified in the court documents as James F. Helps, 37, was arrested, he was found to have $3,827 in cash and a California driver's license issued to someone else.

When a drug dog alerted to the presence of controlled substances in the car, a search was conducted and drugs and drug paraphernalia were found.

Also found were savings bonds valued at $24,200. The bonds were issued in the same name as the name on the driver's license found on Helps.

The Street Crimes agent later determined a person with that name had reported to police in Long Prairie, Minn., that a large number of his savings bonds were stolen.

In addition to the theft charge, Helps faces one count of possessing a controlled substance and two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Dave Olson
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