Jury finds man guilty in Bismarck mall burglary involving forklift

Jury finds man guilty in Bismarck mall burglary involving forklift

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A man arrested in July for allegedly stealing a forklift and leaving a trail of electronic devices across a Bismarck mall parking lot will spend about two months behind bars. 

A jury on Thursday found Russell Metz, 50, of Bismarck, guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary, according to court records. South Central District Judge Douglas Bahr suspended all but 60 days of a two-year sentence. He also ordered Metz to make nearly $10,000 in restitution.

Metz and another man were arrested July 2 when a Gateway Mall maintenance worker notified police of an open garage door, a forklift being driven across the parking lot, and a string of electronics behind it, according to an affidavit. Officers recovered items valued at $12,000. The forklift also was valued at $12,000.

Defense attorney Kent Morrow did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The other man charged in the incident died in October.

Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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