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Man charged with stealing from grandpa dying of cancer

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FARGO — A 25-year-old Jamestown man is accused of racking up about $11,000 in unauthorized charges on his grandfather’s credit cards in the last days of the older man’s life, as he was dying of pancreatic cancer.

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According to court documents filed in Cass County District Court, a Fargo police investigator received a call from First National Pawn shop, reporting a suspicious transaction.

The employee reported that a person, later identified as Levi David Thene, had come in on May 13 and pawned two laser levels for only $325.

The investigator tracked the credit cards to Janet Erickson, of West Fargo, Levi Thene’s grandmother, who said her husband Paul had died May 5 of pancreatic cancer.

His widow, upset, explained to the investigator that her husband had only been diagnosed April 11 and had gone in for surgery three days later, according to court documents.

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