North Dakota lawmaker accused of theft says he’s not guilty

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Published: Oct. 9, 2021 at 3:57 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (KFYR) - A North Dakota state lawmaker is being accused of misdemeanor theft and has been served summons for it.

Sen. Jason Heitkamp, R-Wahpeton, said he was retrieving two motorcycle helmets, a leather jacket, and a bicycle from a woman he knows.

“I’m 56 years old. I don’t have to steal anything, because I already have everything I need. I have too much. I don’t know what they’re talking about,” said Sen. Jason Heitkamp, R-Wahpeton.

He was served, but he hasn’t seen the complaint for the accusation. Heitkamp said he has never been in this position before, and was unable to get a hold of the state’s attorney office after he was given the summons.

According to the public record, the charge dates back to Aug. 2, 2021 and the summons was served on Friday. His initial appearance in court is set for Nov. 2. Records also show no prior history of theft.

Heitkamp was first elected to the state legislature in 2020.

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