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Published August 17 2010

Second Best Buy guard sentenced to 100 days

A second security guard charged as part of a 12-person theft ring at Fargo’s Best Buy will serve 100 days in jail and 18 months of supervised probation.

Paul Larson pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges of theft and accomplice to theft. He is one of two security guards who police said let friends take about $150,000 of merchandise out of the electronics store in shopping carts without paying for it.

Larson will also pay restitution in an amount to be determined at a later date, said Tristan Van de Streek, an assistant Cass County state’s attorney.

Adetimisola Ogundipe, the other security guard charged, was sentenced to nine months in jail and two years of probation last Thursday. Police say the theft ring, which has resulted in charges against 12 men, was Ogundipe’s idea.

Larson’s charges will change to misdemeanors upon completion of probation, as will those of the other men already charged.

Larson is the seventh of the defendants to plead guilty so far, and all but two of the remaining men have court dates set to plead guilty.