Sirens & Gavels

TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2009, 4:57 P.M.

1 man, 2 OxyContin robberies

Surveillance photo of a pharmacy robbery at the South Regal Street ShopKo 9:42 p.m. Aug. 24, 2009. The robber is described as a white male in his 20s with dark stubble and approximately 6 feet, 3 inches tall. (Courtesy of Crime Stoppers)
Surveillance photo of a pharmacy robbery at the South Regal Street ShopKo 9:42 p.m. Aug. 24, 2009. The robber is described as a white male in his 20s with dark stubble and approximately 6 feet, 3 inches tall. (Courtesy of Crime Stoppers)

Spokane police think one man is responsible for two unsolved OxyContin robberies at South Hill pharmacies in the past two weeks.

The robberies occurred Aug. 24 at the Shopko at 4515 S. Regal St., and Sept. 5 at the Rite Aid across the street, 4514 S. Regal St. In each case, a white man who appeared to be wearing a wig handed an employee a note demanding OxyContin, then fled with the drug.

Shopko surveillance photos show the robber wore sunglasses, a black T-shirt, blue jeans, white sneakers and a dark baseball hat with a white logo. (See all the photos here.)

Witnesses said he was about 6-foot-3. Witnesses to the Rite Aid robbery described the man as 6-foot-2 with fake facial hair, white shirt, blue jeans and a white beanie-style hat over a dark wig.

The company that makes OxyContin and has come under scrutiny for lying about its addictiveness, Purdue Pharma, is offering up to $1,000 for information that solves the Shopko robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS, or submit tips online at www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.

Tipsters do not have to leave a name but should provide a code name or number.




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