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Two men who allegedly stole a forklift, computers and sound equipment were arrested after they left a trail of electronic devices across a Bismarck shopping mall parking lot.

James Chrisikos, 52, and Russell Metz, 50, were arrested about 7 a.m. Monday, Bismarck police officer Lynn Wanner said. A Gateway Mall maintenance worker called police after he noticed a garage door open, a forklift being driven across the parking lot and a string of electronic devices leading through the parking lot toward East Gateway Avenue, Wanner said.

The forklift was found in the 800 block of East Gateway Avenue, and police found the men in the area. The equipment on the forklift had been stored in rental space that formerly housed Sears, Wanner said.

Other items stolen from the building were found in Metz’s pickup, a police affidavit says. A van inside the Sears building was damaged, as an attempt had been made to drill out the ignition. Officers recovered items valued at $12,000 from the parking lot, street and forklift, though some of it had been damaged. The forklift is valued at $12,000, the affidavit says.

Chrisikos has two other open felony cases in Burleigh County, according to court documents. He is scheduled to stand trial in October for theft, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Court documents did not list an attorney for either man. A judge set bail at $1,000 for Chrisikos and $500 for Metz.

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

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