USU convenience store robber pleads guilty

LOGAN — A 21-year-old Logan man has confessed to robbing a Utah State convenience store last October. Brendan J. Olsen accepted a plea deal this week and will now await to be sentenced.

Olsen appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. He pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery, amended to a second-degree felony; and one count of burglary, a third-degree felony. As part of the agreement, prosecutors dropped seven remaining misdemeanor charges against him.

Surveillance photo showing a man suspected of robbing the USU Quickstop, Thursday night (Oct. 11).

Police arrested Olsen October 12 after he allegedly tried to rob the Quickstop, inside the Taggart Student Center. He reportedly told the clerk he had a weapon but did not brandish it. He was wearing a camo hat, hoodie and khaki pants.

Police were able to obtain security camera footage from inside the student center. It showed a man matching Olsen’s description carrying a backpack, walking through the halls. In another photo, he was seen wearing a Halloween-type mask.

Olson turned himself in after police officers asked for the public’s help identifying him. He admitted to the robbery but explained that he never actually had a weapon.

Police later linked Olsen to an October 7 mail theft case at the Factory, where he was seen on video wearing the same mask and entering the building. He placed several packages in a dark garbage bag before leaving out the back door.

During Monday’ court appearance, Olsen was scheduled to be sentenced April 8. He remains in the Cache County Jail, being held without bail, and could face up to 15-years in prison.

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