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Fargo man gets three years for role in construction thefts

FARGO - A Fargo man was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday for his part in a burglary ring that targeted home construction sites.

Jeremy Daniel Tibiatowski, 34, also must serve five years of probation as part of the sentence handed down by Judge Wade Webb in Cass County District Court.

Tibiatowski pleaded guilty Monday to all 23 felony counts of criminal conspiracy he faced, as well as one felony count of possession of stolen property.

Tibiatowski pleaded guilty to more felonies than his co-conspirator, 35-year-old Jason Scott Leines, but he received a reduced sentence because he cooperated with the investigation, Assistant Cass County State's Attorney Tristan Van de Streek said.

Leines was sentenced last month to five years in prison and five years of supervised probation.

Tibiatowski received credit for time served in jail since his arrest at his Fargo home on June 21. Police said they found thousands of dollars' worth of stolen property in his and Leines' homes linked to more than a dozen area burglaries in Fargo, West Fargo, Argusville and Kindred.

Van de Streek said the burglaries affected mostly home builders.

"Certainly it's a large conspiracy with a number of different victims," he said.

Both men also faced charges in Clay County. Tibiatowski was convicted of second-degree burglary and sentenced Nov. 8 to six months in jail, with credit for 129 days served. Leines' case for the same alleged burglary is still pending.