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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

September 28, 2010

Timothy Q. Purdon, United States Attorney

Contact: Beth Lang
(701) 530-2420
(701) 530-2421 (fax)

Roseglen Man Pleads Guilty to Apartment Burglaries

MINOT — United States Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on September 27, 2010, Derrick LaCroix, 20, of Roseglen, North Dakota, pleaded guilty before United States District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland to two counts of burglary.

On July 26, 2009, LaCroix was at an apartment complex in White Shield, North Dakota. A co-defendant entered an apartment through the front door and handed one or more firearms out a window to LaCroix. When a car drove up to the apartment building, LaCroix and the co-defendant took off running, dropping the firearms in a field near the apartment complex.

On January 10, 2010, LaCroix assisted another person who entered an apartment in White Shield and removed property from the home, including a 52″ television, a 32″ television, a PlayStation 3 video game console, a Panasonic stereo system and other items. The items were initially taken to LaCroix’s apartment within the same apartment complex, and then later moved to other locations throughout the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

Each charge of burglary carries a statutory maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Three Affiliated Tribes Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Sentencing for LaCroix has been scheduled for December 29, 2010, in United States District Court in Minot, North Dakota, at 11:00 a.m.

Assistant United States Attorney Rick Volk is prosecuting the case.