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Dave Roepke, Published April 21 2010

Bail set for four more in Best Buy theft ring

Four more of the dozen defendants accused in an inside-job theft ring at Best Buy in Fargo appeared in court Tuesday.

Judge Georgia Dawson set bail at $3,000 or 10 percent cash for all four of the defendants, who each face a Class C felony charge of theft of property in Cass County District Court.

Each of the suspects who appeared on Tuesday – Chernel Magaga, Gregory Reid, Jr., Sheiku Deen and Clarence Taye – was appointed a public defender.

Deen’s attorney, Daniel Gast, argued in favor of a lighter bail by saying Deen agreed to come in for arraignment when contacted.

“He called right back and came here on his own,” Gast said.

Magaga, Reid, Deen and Taye are charged in connection with what authorities have said was a series of thefts of about $150,000 in goods from Best Buy. The thefts were facilitated by two security guards at the store who would let others push out carts of merchandise without paying, police have alleged.

Two of those charged – Reid and Johnson – were football players at North Dakota State University who were kicked off the team last week after the charges were filed.

Of the 11 new defendants charged in the case last week, all but three of them have appeared in court.

Johnson was arrested Tuesday evening on a warrant and is scheduled to appear in court today to have bond set.

Jeffery Ingersol has not set a court date and has a warrant out for his arrest, court records show.

The third suspect who has not appeared in court, Paul Larson, is scheduled for arraignment on May 11. He’s one of the two store security officers charged.

Adetimisola Ogundipe, a 19-year-old former walk-on on the Bison football team, is the other guard accused in the alleged theft ring and was the first suspect charged, back on March 24.

Ogundipe is due in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Roepke at (701) 241-5535