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Devils Lake police investigate burglary at home of man who died in I-29 crash near Buxton

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DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - The home of a Devils Lake man killed in a traffic accident Sunday night near Buxton, N.D., may have been burglarized over the weekend.

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The family of Monte Allen Armentrout discovered possible signs of forced entry on Monday when they went to the house, according to the Devils Lake Police Department.

“The residence was believed to have been burglarized Sunday night,” Devils Lake Police Detective Sue Schwab said. “There are signs of possible forced entry. They’re still trying to determine what’s missing.”

Schwab said there were no signs of ransacking in the house. The incident remains under investigation.

“This is a difficult situation for the family,” she said.

The 53-year-old Armentrout, who was confined to a wheelchair, was traveling alone at about 6 p.m. Sunday, enroute to the Minneapolis area, when he was involved in a traffic accident along I-29 near Buxton, N.D., according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

According to the report, he was driving a 1998 Ford Minivan and had just passed another vehicle and merged back into the right lane of travel when the minivan started to weave back and forth in the lane. The van then drifted across the left lane and entered the median.

The Highway Patrol said it appeared he was attempting to bring the vehicle under control without braking when it began to fishtail back and forth as it continued to travel southbound. The vehicle struck the center concrete pillar of the Exit 118 overpass.

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