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Published March 06 2012

North Dakota family members face conspiracy, theft charges

BINFORD, N.D. – A Binford family is facing a long list of criminal charges after authorities say the mother and her two sons conspired to burglarize a hunting lodge near here last December.

Griggs County court documents state that during the investigation into the burglary, an informant allegedly told deputies that 19-year-old Mason Concepcion was responsible, and that the stolen items might be at his house.

The informant also alleged that Concepcion and his mother, 52-year-old Alina Concepcion, “drive around at night and find places to steal from in several different counties,” documents state.

After obtaining a search warrant, deputies allegedly discovered many of the stolen items at the Concepcion residence.

Documents also note that Mason Concepcion’s iPod contained thousands of photographs of “the type that are used for selling items on Internet auction sites such as eBay.”

Mason Concepcion was arrested after allegedly admitting to authorities that he broke into the lodge and stole the items. He faces charges of burglary, theft of property, criminal trespass and possession of stolen property.

Meanwhile, his father, 52-year-old Hector Concepcion, was charged on Tuesday with witness tampering after allegedly approaching the man he believed to be the sheriffs’ informant on Monday and telling him he “was going to pay,” documents state.

Alina Concepcion was also charged on Tuesday with two counts of criminal conspiracy and one count of possession of stolen property for her alleged role in the burglary.

The affidavit against her also names her other son, Forrest Concepcion, as being complicit in the burglary, although by Tuesday evening he had not been formally charged.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535

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