Timothy Edward Heizer

Timothy Edward Heizer appears in Gallatin County Justice Court on Monday.

A Bozeman man is accused of stealing $11,000 from a gas station where he was formerly employed.

Timothy Edward Heizer, 40, is charged with felony burglary. He appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Monday before Judge Bryan Adams.

Heizer’s bail was set at $25,000.

On Sunday, Bozeman officers investigated a former employee stealing money from the Town Pump at 1871 Baxter Lane, according to charging documents. An employee reported Heizer went into the manager’s office and stole $11,021 from the store’s safe on Saturday around 7 a.m.

Police said in charging documents that surveillance video showed Heizer removing money from the safe and leaving in a car registered to his wife.

A few hours later, an officer found Heizer driving away from his home on Coulee Drive. Police said in charging documents that Heizer went west on Frontage Road and sped away when the officer tried pulling him over. During the chase, court documents allege, Heizer reached speeds of up to 70 mph.

Heizer stopped before reaching Belgrade. He was taken to the Gallatin County jail for questioning.

Police said in charging documents that Heizer admitted stealing the money and said he needed it to pay bills.

Court documents allege that Heizer loaded $350 onto a prepaid Walmart debit card and spent $978 on his wife’s car, his phone bill and for his child’s daycare. Heizer told officers that the rest of the money was in a closet in his home.

Officers retrieved the remaining cash stashed inside Heizer’s house.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2630.

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