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Forum staff reports, Published August 09 2010

Fifth guilty plea made in Best Buy theft cases

Another of the dozen men charged in a series of thefts at Best Buy pleaded guilty on Monday in Cass County District Court, sentenced to probation and community service.

Jeffery Ingersol, 24, of Fargo, pleaded guilty to felony theft and was sentenced to 50 hours of community service, 18 months of supervised probation and $525 in fees, said Tanya Johnson Martinez, an assistant Cass County state’s attorney.

Johnson Martinez said Ingersol also got a one-year suspended sentence. Like others in the Best Buy case who’ve received probation and a suspended one-year term, his theft charge will reduce to a misdemeanor if he successfully completes probation, she said.

Ingersol was one of the 12 men charged in a theft ring police said was responsible for taking $150,000 in goods from the electronics store. Two security guards are alleged to have let friends take merchandise without paying. Of the dozen people charged, nine had ties to area college sports teams.

He was the fifth of the defendants to plead guilty and another five have plea hearing dates scheduled. One of the remaining two defendants has set a trial date, and the other hasn’t set a plea hearing or a trial date yet.