A man in custody at Wayne McCollum Detention Center is accused of robbing several convenience stores in Sequoyah County, Okla., before his recent apprehension in Texas for allegedly robbing a convenience store in Midlothian.
Sallisaw, Okla., Police Chief Shaloa Edwards said Diewanies Kent Holland, 50, also known as Jack, was arrested in Grand Prairie, at a hotel for a convenience store robbery in Midlothian.
Holland is accused in the Dec. 24 robbery at Diamond Express in Sallisaw and the Dec. 26 robbery of EZMart in Sallisaw. Police said he also matches the description of the suspect in the Dec. 29 robbery of a convenience store in Muldrow, Okla.
Sallisaw detective Jeff Murray initially received information the male suspect was another man, but that man could not be tied to the gold-colored Honda car that the suspect was believed to be in.
Sallisaw police Cpl. Dennis Brewer, officer John Weber and officer Herb Hutchinson discovered information about a man that was arrested driving a vehicle that matched the suspect vehicle, as well as other information linking Holland and a female suspect to the vehicle.
Edwards said detective Kevin Johnson with the Midlothian Police Department contacted Sallisaw detective Sandra Girdner about a Jan. 6 robbery that occurred in Midlothian. After his arrest in Grand Prairie,
Holland was transported to Wayne McCollum Detention Center in Waxahachie, where he gave a statement about the Midlothian robbery, with Johnson telling the Sequoyah County Times that Holland went to prison in Texas in 1993 for robbing the same store in the same way.
Sallisaw police interviewed Holland last week at the county jail and arrest warrants have been issued.
After Holland faces charges in Texas, he is expected to be extradited to Oklahoma to face charges in Sequoyah County.
He is being held on $35,000 bonds.
Used with permission from the Sequoyah County Times, Sallisaw, Okla.