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Forum staff reports, Published May 09 2013

Four plead not guilty in Fargo copper thefts

FARGO – Four men have pleaded not guilty in Cass County District Court to charges connected to two recent copper thefts, including one that was the biggest in recent memory in the city.

Sabastijan Tahirovic, 20, Elvis Hasimovic, 28, and Luis Perez Jr., 34, are accused of breaking in and stealing copper wire from Dakota Supply Group on April 8 and Fargo Electric on Feb. 25. Andreas Redzic, 18, is also charged in the Dakota Supply Group theft, which involved 26,000 pounds of copper wire valued at $112,000.

Redzic pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a single count of felony Class C theft.

Tahirovic pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony Class C theft of property and misdemeanor Class B possession of a controlled substance. Tahirovic pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony Class C criminal conspiracy to commit theft, and felony Class C criminal conspiracy to commit burglary.

Perez pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of felony Class C criminal conspiracy to commit theft and felony C criminal conspiracy to commit burglary.

Hasimovic pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of felony Class B criminal conspiracy and felony Class C criminal conspiracy.

A fifth man charged in the case, Jon Cody Poitra, is set to appear in court May 16.