Sirens & Gavels

Courthouse watch: 6.16.09

A man accused of a knife-point OxyContin robbery at a Spokane Valley Walgreens was due in Spokane County Superior Court today.

Michael Alan Miller was arrested Jan. 23, nine days after the alleged incident at the pharmacy, 2702 N. Argonne Road.

The robbery came in the midst of a slew of OxyContin-related robberies that culminated in the arrest of a young couple in late February.

The city saw no successful OxyContin pharmacy robberies for several months until the June 7 robbery at the South Hill Walgreens.

Fingerprints linked Miller, who had a pretrial conference scheduled, to the Jan. 14 crime. His sister told police she wanted him to get help for his OxyContin addiction, according to a search warrant.

The addictive pull of OxyContin has led police to predict the robberies won't stop in stories you can read here and here.

So far, they've been right.

Another Spokane pharmacy was robbed about 5 p.m. today. Read the story here.




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