On Aug. 14 a Niceville Police officer recovered a stolen vehicle that was parked at a North Palm Boulevard location. His inquiries led him to a residence on Madison, where he interviewed the eventual defendant and a witness.
The defendant, 30-year-old Jason Hendershot of Niceville, said he knew nothing about a stolen car. The witness said he’d been a passenger in the car and Hendershot had been driving it for a week.
Hendershot later told lawmen he got the car from a friend who would not admit to stealing it. He added, “I assumed the car was stolen, but decided to drive it anyway.” He parked the car about a block from his residence and admitted to driving it.
Another witness told lawmen Hendershot had been driving the car for about a week and used it to take them to Food World.
The grand theft auto charge is a felony.