Man charged with stealing woman's car in Minot, fleeing police

MINOT, N.D. – A Rugby man faces a series of charges after investigators say he stole a woman’s running Jeep from a Minot gas station Monday evening and fled the city.

Prosecutors have charged 29-year-old Kirk Wilkie with B-felony theft of property.

According to the criminal affidavit, the woman told police she arrived at the M&H gas station shortly after 8 p.m. and went into the store for a couple of minutes with the vehicle on.

When she left the store, she saw a man wearing a black jacket and a baseball cap get in the Jeep and drive off.

Ward County Sheriff’s deputies tracked the vehicle down and located it at a gas station in Velva, N.D., with Wilkie inside, and took him into custody.

He also faces a felony charge of fleeing from police in a vehicle, as well as misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, driving under suspension, and a drug offense.

The vehicle had a Kelley Blue Book value of more than $14,000.

Wilkie remains in custody and will be in court for his preliminary hearing and arraignment Dec. 13.