Published August 10 2010
Fifth guilty plea entered in Best Buy theft casesAnother of the dozen men charged in a series of thefts at the Fargo Best Buy pleaded guilty on Monday in Cass County District Court and was 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 received a one-year suspended sentence. Like others in the Best Buy case who have received probation and a suspended one-year term, Ingersol’s 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.
Ingersol was the fifth of the defendants to plead guilty; 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.