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Issue Date: Vol. 56, No. 5, May 2016, Posted On: 4/22/2016

Coin-Op Machine Thief From Utah Strikes Plea Deal

Hank Schlesinger
TAGS: bulk vending, kiddie rides, coin-op machines, coin-op thief, Jimmy Jack Olson, Olsen, Salt Lake City's Unified Police Department, Attorney General Sean Reyes

Salt Lake City, Coinop Thief,_Jimmy Jack Olson
Jimmy Jack Olson
SALT LAKE CITY -- Jimmy Jack Olson (aka Olsen), 32, was ordered to pay $41,000 in restitution for a crime spree that reportedly involved the theft of more than 60 coin-operated machines across Utah, Nevada, Wyoming and Idaho.

According to the plea arrangement reached with the Utah Attorney General's Office, Olson has pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony for criminal enterprise, with 14 additional counts dismissed "with prejudice."

The investigation and Olson’s arrest were spearheaded by Salt Lake City's Unified Police Department working closely with local law enforcement agencies across jurisdictions. | SEE STORY

"We welcome and enjoy working with our sister agencies, across state and county lines. That kind of effective cooperation and sharing of resources makes Utahns safer," said Attorney General Sean Reyes. "Thanks to the excellent coordination by UPD detective Angie Hunter, our state and local law enforcement partners and the Utah Attorney General's Justice Division and Special Investigations Unit, we were able to stop Olson's serial crimes."

One of the most notorious coin-op thieves in recent history, Olson targeted kiddie rides, skill cranes and vending devices. His crime spree, which began in August 2015, continued until his arrest on Sept. 25. In each case, he was said to use a pry bar and screwdriver to gain access to the cashbox. Officials estimate that proceeds from each theft ranged from $13 to $350. Olson's brazen robberies typically took place during normal business hours at his target locations.

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