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Forum staff reports, Published October 20 2010

$1,800 restitution set in a Best Buy theft case

One of the dozen defendants in a series of inside-job thefts at Fargo’s Best Buy has agreed to pay $1,800 in restitution.

Chernel Magaga was set for a hearing concerning the restitution amount on Wednesday in Cass County District Court but agreed to $1,800 earlier in the week, said Tanya Johnson Martinez, an assistant Cass County state’s attorney.

He was one of the 12 men charged in connection with $150,000 in electronic goods taken from Best Buy with help from two store security guards.

Magaga pleaded guilty on Sept. 13 to a charge of felony theft and sentenced to 45 days in the county jail.