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Forum staff reports, Published September 27 2010

Best Buy theft ring suspect gets five days

One of the dozen defendants in the Best Buy theft ring responsible for taking about $150,000 in merchandise from the retailer was sentenced to a five-day jail term or 50 hours of community service on Monday.

Sheiku Deen, who was 20 years old when charged in April, pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court to one count of felony theft, said Tanya Johnson Martinez, an assistant Cass County state’s attorney.

Deen was sentenced to a one-year term with all but five days suspended, but he can do 50 hours of volunteer work instead of jail time, Johnson Martinez said. He has credit for one day already served and will be on supervised probation for 1½ years, she said.

He is the 11th person in the case to plead guilty, with the final defendant set to enter a guilty plea Oct. 4.

A pair of store security guards let friends leave the store with unpaid goods from September through February, police said.