HAZARD — A North Carolina man was arrested by Hazard Police Department in connection with the Dollar General robbery.
Jonathan E. Olinger, 36, of Jacksonville, North Carolina is facing charges of tampering with physical evidence and first-degree robbery.
According to HPD, Olinger confessed to owning the 2003 White GMC SUV that was used during the armed robbery of the Dollar General.
HPD says he also confessed during the interview to owning the gun that was used during the robbery.
Olinger told officers that he benefited from the money that was taken from Dollar General in the form of narcotics, an arrest citation says.
During the interview, Olinger admitted to destroying the “vanity” plate on the front bumper of his motor vehicle, HPD says. He told officers he did this after learning police were looking for his vehicle, an arrest citation says. Olinger also told them he broke the plate into several pieces and scattered them across several locations, HPD says. According to HPD, he did this so the plate would not be tied back to him.
After gaining consent to search Olinger’s vehicle, HPD says they found a box of .308 ammunition.
While being under arrest, HPD says Olinger tried to pick his cuffs. According to HPD, both the interview and the attempted escape were recorded on video and audio.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.