FARGO — A 38-year-old man has been arrested as a suspect in brazen thefts from numerous ATMs in Cass, Barnes and LaMoure counties.
Joshua Fergus McCleary, of rural Wheatland, about 30 miles west of Fargo, was arrested Tuesday night, Jan. 12, in Dickinson after a dangerous confrontation with law officers, according to Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner.
McCleary allegedly rammed a squad car as officers were attempting to arrest him, Jahner said.
The investigation remains active, with at least one other person associated with and seen at the scene of the ATM thefts.
Jahner said no official charges have been filed at this time.
However, McCleary was taken into custody on a Cass County arrest warrant for felony theft of property, felony possession of meth and felony possession of meth paraphernalia.
The latest ATM theft was last Friday, Jan. 8, not far from McCleary's home. In that incident, a theft from an ATM was reported about 5:30 a.m. at Gordy's Travel Plaza in Casselton.
Deputies at that time found the ATM was still there, but it had been forced open, and the building had suffered damage as well, according to the sheriff's office.
Jahner said many of the thefts from the ATMs involved chains and tow ropes as the machines were ripped open, often causing structural damage to the businesses.
The other three Cass County ATM thefts were at BankNorth locations in Arthur and Buffalo and at the Biltmore Hotel & Suites at 3800 Main Ave. in Fargo.
McCleary also faces four charges in connection with his arrest in Dickinson where the U.S. Marshal's High Plains Fugitive Task Force was involved.
Ten law enforcement agencies, including the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, three state's attorney offices and the U.S. Attorney's office were also involved in the case.
Jahner said anyone who has information about the cases should contact the sheriff's office at 701-241-5800 or after hours by calling the Red River Regional Dispatch Center at 701-451-7600 and requesting to speak with a deputy.