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Published April 23 2010

Best Buy theft case defendants in court

Two more defendants in an alleged theft ring that police say stole $150,000 in goods from Best Buy in Fargo made initial appearances Thursday in Cass County District Court, as a third pleaded not guilty.

Making their first court appearances were Garrett Johnson and Jeffery Ingersol, two of the dozen defendants in the case who face charges of felony theft.

Johnson was arrested at a North Dakota State University baseball game Tuesday night, and Ingersol turned himself in at the Cass County Jail on Wednesday morning.

Both men face a Class C felony count of theft of property and are accused of taking unpaid merchandise out of the electronics store.

Bail for Johnson was set by court order on Wednesday at $3,000 bond or $300 cash, and Judge Georgia Dawson set Ingersol’s bail at the same amount.

Like nine of the dozen defendants, both men have ties to local college sports teams. Johnson was on the NDSU football team before being dismissed last week. Ingersol played basketball for two-thirds of the 2006-07 season at Valley City (N.D.) State University.

Adetimisola Ogundipe, one of two store security guards accused of allowing the thefts, was also in Cass County court on Thursday.

Ogundipe, who faces two felony theft charges in the case, pleaded not guilty. As the first suspect charged in the investigation, back on March 24, he’s the only one to enter a plea so far.

Johnson is due back in court May 20, and Ogundipe’s next date is June 16.

The next appearance for Ingersol was not scheduled.