David Kunkel, Brandon Besselman, Maria Gergen, Minot, charged with possession of stolen vehicle

David Robert Kunkel, 28, Minot, and co-defendants Brandon Howard Besselman, 23, Minot, and Maria Rose Gergen, 22, Minot, are all charged in district court in Minot with Class B felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, a caller reported on Sunday evening that a blue vehicle had been at a neighboring southwest Minot residence overnight and people had been entering the residence through the back door. No one was supposed to be at the residence, which is owned by a bank. The caller reported that a maroon car with its engine running was parked in the driveway for several hours on Sunday. Police responded to the scene and cleared the residence. Gergen, Kunkel, and Besselman were all located at the residence. Police also saw a stolen red Nissan Titan in the garage at the residence. Besselman was also charged with Class C felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

In court on Monday, Gergen, who is seven months pregnant, told Judge Todd Cresap that she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and hadn’t been involved in the alleged crime. A prosecutor said she has two pending cases in district court. Gergen is charged with Class C felony trespass and Class B misdemeanor driving with a suspended driver’s license. She is currently on probation for a Class B felony theft of property charge.

Judge Todd Cresap set bond at $5,000 cash or corporate surety or $2,000 cash for Kunkel, at $2,500 cash or corporate surety or $1,000 cash for Besselman and at $5,000 cash or corporate surety for Gergen.

Preliminary hearings for all three are scheduled for Aug. 1.

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