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Man details burglary spree on show-and-tell ride with Fargo police

A 30-year-old Fargo man was sentenced to five years in state prison after he admitted to more than two dozen burglaries, pointing out his victims to police in a car ride across the Fargo-Moorhead metro area earlier this year.

Jason Von McCubbin, of 1415 1st Ave. N., pleaded guilty to four felony counts of burglary in Cass County District Court on Friday, charges covering 29 separate homes and businesses.

McCubbin was also ordered to pay nearly $25,000 in restitution in a sentence handed down by Judge Steven McCullough.

Police reports show he gave investigators details of his burglary spree during a four-hour car trip across the area on Feb. 11 with a police detective and an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

He told the investigators how he broke into each of the homes and businesses and what he did with items he took.

For instance, he said he once tossed a stolen laptop into the Red River, worried about getting caught. Another time, he stole a coin collection from a house because he could see by the fresh snow and full mailbox that no one was home.

McCubbin told officers he did the burglaries alone because he "could not trust anyone to keep their mouth shut" and that "99 percent of the time," he was high on methamphetamine, Fargo Detective Jared Crane wrote in a Feb. 16 report.

According to police reports, the confessional car ride came after police had, in an undercover operation in January, bought stolen goods from McCubbin - including cameras, gear for welding and other items.

A Feb. 22 police report included in prosecutor files said McCubbin agreed to cooperate because he faced a federal gun charge.

No charges filed against McCubbin appear in online federal court records in North Dakota or Minnesota. The sentencing for McCubbin dictates his state prison time will be served at the same time as any potential federal sentence.

McCubbin's attorney, Gordon Dexheimer, said he doesn't discuss clients.