A Northwest District Judge set bond at $15,000 Monday for a man accused of breaking into the car dealership where he used to work.

Police say Levi Muse, 32, burglarized Williston Auto early Thursday morning and stole about $1,000 in cash, as well as other items. They also claim he had a naked image of a young girl on a memory card when he was stopped.

Muse is charged with burglary, theft and possession of child pornography, all class C felonies.

Officers stopped Muse while they were investigating the break-in after an employee of a nearby business said Muse seemed to be watching police, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Northwest District Court.

He admitted to officers that keys found in Williston Auto belonged to him and then used those keys to unlock his mailbox in front of police, charging documents said. Police say he also agreed to allow them to search a 4GB microSD card found in his pockets.

In the affidavit of probable cause, a detective wrote that a dash camera was missing from one of the cars at the dealership and that he suspected the card could belong to that. The card didn’t contain any video, but police said it did have an image of a naked girl who appeared to be between 12 and 14 years old.

The Williston police said Monday the case was still being investigated.

At a bond hearing Monday, Eric Lundberg, assistant state’s attorney for Williams County, asked for Muse’s bond to be set at $15,000. Lundberg said the burglary and theft seemed to be revenge.

Police said Muse was fired from Williston Auto about a month ago for “erratic behavior” and that he told his manager that he’d “be sorry” for firing him.

Lundberg cited Muse’s criminal history, including a conviction for bail jumping in 2006.

“There’s a history of drugs and theft going quite far back in his past,” Lundberg told Northwest District Judge Kirsten Sjue.

Muse, though, said he’s been on the right path for years. He said his last criminal charge was in 2009 and that all subsequent problems have been traffic tickets.

“My son was born in 2011,” he told Sjue. “I’ve been a completely different person since then.”

He said Lundberg’s request for $15,000 was excessive and that he was trying to start a business.

“I’m not going to ask for a (personal recognizance) bond, because with my bail jumping conviction that’s going to go right out the window,” Muse said. “I’m just looking for a little bit of a break here.”

Sjue set Muse’s bond at $15,000 and said he could ask for a bond review if he wasn’t able to post that after 48 hours. She said if he is able to bond out, he’s not allowed to have any contact with Williston Auto or its employees. Because there is also the child pornography allegation, Muse will also not be allowed to have contact with anyone younger than 18 without adult supervision.

Muse is due back in court April 19 for a preliminary hearing.

 

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