Two charged, stolen vehicle recovered in Cass County traffic stop

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(CASS COUNTY) -- Two people are facing charges after a traffic stop turned up a stolen vehicle in Cass County Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 4 p.m., a North Dakota Highway Patrol was conducting a traffic stop on a Toyota Camry on Cass County 20, near University Avenue, for an observed speed violation. During the course of the initial investigation, the trooper observed the displayed license plates did not match the Toyota and, after running the vehicle's identification number, the trooper discovered the vehicle had been stolen.

The driver, 61-year-old Jeffery Schmitt, of Fargo, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor of unlawful use of a motor vehicle. His passenger, 24-year-old Wyatt Aurents, of Becker, Minn., was wanted on multiple must appear warrants out of Clay County. In addition to the warrants, Aurents was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for giving false information to a law enforcement officer; and a Class A misdemeanor for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia-Fentanyl. 

The owner of the stolen Toyota was notified of the recovery.