USU convenience store robber sentenced to house arrest

LOGAN — A 21-year-old Logan man who robbed a convenience store at Utah State in October has been sentenced to house arrest. Brendan Olsen was also ordered to spend 54-days in jail but given credit for the time he had already served.

Olsen was sentenced in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. He previously pleaded guilty to two charges of robbery, a second-degree felony.

Olsen tearfully apologized, saying that he had let his family down. He explained how he served in the National Guard for three-years. During that time, he developed post-traumatic stress disorder and became addicted to drugs.

Judge Kevin Allen told Olsen, his case proves that drugs hurt more than just those who take them. He expressed hope that the defendant would begin turning his life around.

Police arrested Olsen October 12 after he robbed the Quickstop, inside the Taggart Student Center. He purportedly told the clerk he had a weapon but 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’s court appearance, defense attorney Ronald Yengich said Olsen also has some immaturity issues.

Judge Allen also sentenced Olsen to complete substance abuse and mental health treatment.

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