Kory Johnson, Minot, charged with burglary, trespass

Kory David Johnson, 28, Minot, is accused of breaking into a room at the Guest Lodge on Thursday, stealing a bag from the room, and then breaking into a boiler room at the hotel.

Johnson is charged in district court with Class B felony burglary, Class A misdemeanor criminal trespass, Class A misdemeanor concealing a dangerous weapon, and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Johnson was in room 153.The registered occupant of that room was in jail and no one else was supposed to be in the room. Johnson had previously been banned from the hotel. A resident of the Guest Lodge had seen Johnson inside room 153 and watched him exit through a window. The hotel manager told police that Johnson had used a credit card or screwdriver to break into the locked boiler room on the second floor of the hotel.

Police opened the door and ordered Johnson to come out. Johnson was found behind the hot water tanks in the corner of the room. Johnson urinated on the floor while he was being taken into custody. An officer handcuffed him and searched him, wearing nitrile gloves, and found metal knuckles and a marijuana pipe in his pockets.

A resident had reportedly seen Johnson carry a large bag from the hotel room and place it in the bed of a truck outside. Police located the bag and searched it. The bag contained clothing, a machete, a box with jewelry and a Sony speaker. The legal resident of the hotel room told police that the items were not his, but someone had brought the bag to his room in the last few days. He told police that Johnson did not have permission to be in his room.

“I didn’t steal nothing,” Johnson told North Central District Court Judge Gary Lee in court on Thursday.

Johnson told the judge he is homeless.

Lee set bond at $5,000 cash or corporate surety.

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