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Former employee accused of stealing $11K from Bozeman Town Pump

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Posted at 2:21 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 16:25:29-05

A Bozeman man is facing felony burglary charges after allegedly taking more than $11,000 from his former employer’s safe.

After he was arrested, the man told investigators he needed the money for his wife’s vehicle payment, phone bill and his child’s daycare.

Timothy Heizer, 40, is accused of entering the manager’s office in the Town Pump at Baxter Lane in Bozeman at 7:10 a.m. on Saturday.

According to charging documents, Heizer then turned off the lights and removed money from the store’s secured safe.

Heizer was last employed at the Town Pump in July 2019.

Heizer was reportedly captured on store surveillance cameras removing two bank bags of money from the safe, exiting the store and left alone in a vehicle.

Later in the day, officers located Heizer’s vehicle parked at his last known address. While conducting surveillance, officers observed the man drive away from the home. When officers tried to stop his vehicle, Heizer initially refused to stop and proceeded to speed away, reaching speeds of 70 mph.

Heizer was stopped and taken into custody at 10:23 p.m.

During questioning, Heizer said he needed the money to pay bills and stole from this former employer.

Detectives later when to Heizer’s residence and recovered two bank bags that reportedly contained the remaining cash from Town Pump.

Heizer could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted and his bond was set at $25,000.

His next court appearance is set for Dec. 6, 2019.