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Published February 02, 2011, 05:37 PM

Moorhead Arrests Lead to Recovery of Handgun Reported Stolen in Grand Forks

Two men were arrested in Moorhead Wednesday afternoon and a stolen handgun from Grand Forks was recovered as a result.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports,

Two men were arrested in Moorhead Wednesday afternoon and a stolen handgun from Grand Forks was recovered as a result.

The High Plains Fugitive Task Force were looking for Chris Clauthier, 25, to arrest him based on five felony warrants issued by the Grand Forks County District Court.

Clauthier is charged with terrorizing, conspiracy to commit terrorizing, burglary and two charges of probation violation. Clauthier was on probation because of previous convictions for kidnapping and aggravated assault.

Officers found Clauthier at his mother's house at 2415 Brookdale Road in Moorhead. Clauthier was placed under arrest, and during the arrest, officers noticed drug paraphernalia in the residence. After calling the Moorhead Police Department for assistance, a search warrant was obtained and officers began to search the house.

A .45 caliber handgun was recovered that had been reported stolen in Grand Forks. An AR-15 semi-automatic rifle was also seized along with items of drug paraphernalia during the search.

Clauthier's brother Justin, 20, was also arrested by Moorhead police on a charge of possessing stolen property.

Both men are in the Clay County Jail awaiting their first court appearances.

“This case is a perfect example of how the U.S. Marshals Service can help our partner agencies reach across jurisdictional boundaries to arrest wanted persons. Local officers sworn in as Special Deputy U.S. Marshals on the task force can travel wherever they need to go to find their fugitives,” U.S. Marshal Paul Ward said in a release issued Wednesday.

The High Plains Fugitive Task Force includes officers from the U.S. Marshals Service, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, North Dakota Parole and Probation, and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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