THEFT

Suspects Caught in Rural Cass County After Theft, Pursuit in Jamestown

Two people were taken into custody without incident

CASS COUNTY, N.D. — A pursuit that spanned multiple counties and set off a Code Red alert ends with two people in custody. Around 3 a.m., Jamestown Police responded to a theft at Walmart. 22–year old Dejon Johnson and 21–year old Tiffaney Simmons, both of Detroit, fled and drove east on I–94. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office took over once the…

Edmore Pastor Pleads Guilty To Stealing From His Church

Donald Reynolds is accused of taking nearly $35,000 from High Plains Ministry

EDMORE, ND — A pastor in Ramsey County has pleaded guilty to stealing from his congregation. Donald Reynolds has been sentenced to spend a month behind bars or complete 300 hours of community service. He is accused of taking nearly $35,000 from High Plains Ministry in Edmore over a period of 14 years. Reynolds faced a maximum of 10 years in…

Former Victoria’s Secret Worker Sentenced For Stealing $35,000 In Merchandise

Authorities say 19-year-old Pru Bray of Minot took the items out of the store in bags or wore them under her clothing

MINOT, ND — A Minot woman has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for stealing $35,000 in merchandise from the Victoria’s Secret where she worked. Authorities say 19-year-old Pru Bray took the items out of the store in bags or wore them under her clothing, then sold them at rummage sales or gave them as gifts. If Bray stays out…

Milwaukee Woman Pleads Guilty To Attempted Murder After Pulling Gun On Trooper

Authorities say 30-year-old Melody Gray pointed a handgun at Trooper Mark Peterson's head and tried to pull the trigger

MOORHEAD, MN — A Milwaukee woman accused of trying to shoot a Minnesota state trooper last March in Moorhead has pleaded guilty to attempted murder. Authorities say 30-year-old Melody Gray pointed a handgun at Trooper Mark Peterson’s head and tried to pull the trigger. Peterson had stopped following a crash on I-94 and learned the car had been reported stolen in…

Two Men Are On The Run After Alleged Hotel Assault In Jamestown

They led officers on a high speed chase reaching 115 miles per hour before the chase was called off

Dustin VaughnJAMESTOWN, ND — Two men are wanted after an alleged assault at the Buffalo Motel in Jamestown. When police arrived just before two this morning, they say Dustin Vaughn and Gabriel Hanson fled. They led officers on a high speed chase reaching 115 miles per hour before the chase was called off. Vaughn, Hanson and Amber Switters, all of Jamestown,…

Avoiding “Box Stalkers”: Your Trash Could Make You a Target for Thieves

You should break down and conceal big boxes

FARGO, N.D. — If you got big electronics for Christmas, you may be doing something that attracts burglars without even realizing it. “Most of us are putting those on the curb for trash day when you’re getting your trash picked up,” Jessica Schindeldecker with the Fargo Police Department said. Police say you should break down those boxes and put them at…

Minnesota Fugitive Who Bragged She’d “Never Be Caught” Is Arrested

Multiple homes in Minnesota, North Dakota and Indiana were searched for Tiesha Moore

A Minnesota fugitive who taunted authorities on social media by vowing she’d “never be caught” has been arrested in northern Indiana. 31-year-old Tiesha Moore was taken into custody Monday in Michigan City by members of the Twin Cities Apprehension Team. She was wanted on 16 outstanding warrants, including felony theft and domestic assault, all from Minnesota. She’s being held in…

Former Sanctuary Events Center Manager Sentenced For Theft

Richard Pallay III was fired in January after taking nearly $16,000

FARGO, N.D. — The man who headed up the Sanctuary Events Center in Fargo has been sentenced for embezzling thousands of dollars from the venue. Richard Pallay III pleaded guilty to theft and was given 150 hours of community service and a year of supervised probation. $10,000 in restitution has been paid to the Sanctuary Events Center. Pallay still owes over…

Deal Reached To Reopen Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator

Former manager Jerry Hennessy is accused of taking nearly $5 million over the past 15 years

ASHBY, Minn. — The elevator in Ashby is reopening under a deal with the Wheaton-Dumont Cooperative Elevator. Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator closed suddenly last month after an audit showed that the former general manager had stolen millions of dollars. Jerry Hennessy is accused of taking nearly $5 million over the past 15 years. He used the money for safaris, taxidermy and…

Former Turtle Mountain Chairman Indicted For Theft

Wayne Keplin is charged with theft of funds, attempted theft and conspiracy

BELCOURT, N.D. — A federal grand jury has indicted Wayne Keplin, a former chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, for allegedly stealing money that belongs to the tribe. Keplin is charged with theft of funds, attempted theft and conspiracy. Court documents say he embezzled over $26,000 from the tribe and attempted to steal another $60,000. Tribal officials say Keplin…