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Woman arrested on 109 felonies released

A Spokane County health care employee accused of stealing money from a 79-year-old woman was released from jail today after appearing in court on 109 felony charges.

Deanna M. Purser, 50, was arrested Wednesday after a sheriff's investigation alleged she'd been making unauthorized purchases and taking unauthorized cash back while grocery shopping for the woman.

Detectives believe Purser, employed by ResCare, also used the woman's money to purchase personal groceries, cigarettes, Christmas presents for her children and a subscription to Sports Illustrated for her husband. She'd been caring for the woman part time after the woman suffered a stroke.

Spokane County sheriff's Detective Tamie Spitzer determined Purser took $31,762 in cash back at Albertsons from 2009 to 2011. She also determined $33,141 in groceries had been purchased, but the victim's average grocery bill should have been just $300 per month.

Prosecutors have not yet formally charged Purser.

She does not appear to have a criminal record, so even if she's convicted of 109 felonies, she'll face only about 22 to 29 months in prison. One or two theft convictions carries only a couple months in jail.

Health care worker arrested for theft

A Spokane County home health care employee is accused of stealing money from a 79-year-old woman she'd cared for since 2003.

Deanna M. Purser, 50, was arrested today after a lengthy investigation by Spokane County sheriff's Detective Tamie Spitzer alleged she'd been making unauthorized purchases and taking unauthorized cash back while grocery shopping for the woman.

The victim's daughter contacted the sheriff's office after she noticed an abnormally large amount of money spent at the Albertsons grocery store in Liberty Lake. She'd become suspicious when she noticed her mother's bank statements were lower than usual while preparing her taxes, according to the sheriff's office.

Spitzer determined Purser took $31,762 in cash back from 2009 to 2011. She also determined $33,141 in groceries had been purchased, but the victim's average grocery bill should have been just $300 per month.

Purser was booked into the Spokane County Jail today on seven counts of first-degree theft, 51 counts of unlawful possession of a payment instrument and 51 counts of second-degree theft.

Purse-snatching suspect turns self in

A man who robbed a 71-year-old woman of her purse in a South Hill grocery store parking lot last week turned himself into police today, according to Crime Stoppers.

 Justin R. Meyer, 21, (right, allegedly) was booked into jail on one count of second-degree robbery after surrendering at the Spokane police front desk at the Public Safety Building Monday morning.

Surveillance cameras captured the robber’s face, and the picture was widely disseminated as Crime Stoppers offered a reward for tips on his identity. More than 30 have come in since Wednesday.

“It’s unknown if the intense public scrutiny led Meyer to surrender,” sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release.

Police say Meyer stole a 71-year-old woman’s purse Sunday about 1:15 p.m. in the west parking lot at Albertsons, 3010 E. 57th Ave.

The woman was not injured but lost cash, credit cards and keys to her car, home and business.

Past coverage:

Sept. 22: Purse-snatching robber caught on tape

Purse-snatching robber caught on tape

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help identify a man who robbed a 71-year-old woman of her purse as his shocked companion looked on. 

The woman and her 45-year-old daughter were walking Sunday about 1:15 p.m. in the west parking lot at Albertsons grocery store, 3010 E. 57th Ave., when two teenage men walked out of the store toward them.

The teen in a dark hooded sweatshirt (pictured at right) grabbed the woman’s purse as she screamed, then ran westbound across Regal with the purse before jumping a fence in the Cedar Hollow Estates apartment complex, Crime Stoppers announced today.

The woman was not injured but lost cash, credit cards and keys to her car, home and business.

“The suspect’s companion stayed with the victim for a minute and appeared shocked at the robbery,” according to a news release. “He eventually walked into the apartment complex through the regular entrance.”

Surveillance photos show the robber and his friend leaving the store.

Anyone with information on either man is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the reward.

Police: Oxy robber dead after shooting self

A suspected serial OxyContin robber who shot himself after a police chase Tuesday died at a Spokane hospital the next day.  

Nicholas T. “Niko” Burden, 31, worked as a car salesman and lived with his girlfriend and baby daughter before detectives say he began feeding an apparent OxyContin addiction by robbing pharmacies.

He was hospitalized Tuesday after police say he shot himself in a stolen Jeep he used to flee an armed robbery at the Rite Aid at 2929 E. 29th Ave.

He was on life support Wednesday, and later died, according to a nursing supervisor at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

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1 man sought in 2 OxyContin robberies

,One “very dangerous” man is responsible for two gunpoint OxyContin robberies at different Albertsons pharmacies in Spokane County this month, police announced today.  

Detectives released photos of the robber pulling a gun near a young girl July 23 at the store at 57th and Regal and pointing the firearm at a store employee as he ran out the westside front doors.

He ran to the west and then south before hew as picked up by someone in a white SUV “virtually identical to a 2007 or older Toyota Sequoia” according to a Crime Stoppers news release. (That model is pictured.)

Photos showing a hooded Hurley sweatshirt and makeshift mask worn in a July 9 armed robbery at the Albertsons at Trent and Argonne in Millwood, then discarded in a dumpster behind a nearby school district building, already are available. The outfit is similar to that worn during last week’s robbery.

  Purdue Pharma, the company that makes the powerful prescription drug, is offering a $1,000 reward through Crime Stoppers for tips that lead to an arrest.

The robber is described as a white man in his 20s, 6-feet to 6-foot-4 and thin.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters don’t have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.

$1,000 reward for tips on OxyContin robbery

The company that makes OxyContin is offering a  $1,000 reward for tips that solve a robbery at an Albertsons pharmacy in Millwood July 9.

Detectives last week released photos of the jacket and a knit hat used as a mask, which were in a dumpster behind a school district building.

The robber ran north to the building after leaving the Albertsons at Trent and Argonne with stolen OxyContin at 9:17 a.m. on July 9, Crime Stoppers said today.

The robber tried to flee out a back door, but ran out the front door after an alarm sounded. The man had a black semi-automatic handgun he kept pointed at an employee. He’d entered the store wearing a dark hooded Hurley jacket with the hood up, along with gray or faded denim jeans.

“He was hunched over with his arms crossed as if he was sick or injured,” according to a police news release. The man is described as white, about 6-foot-4 with a thin to medium build.

Along with the jacket and knit mask with makeshift holes for his eyes and mouth, the robber wore black running shoes and faded grey jeans.

OxyContin giant Purdue Pharma is offering the $1,000 reward through Crime Stoppers.The robbery is the second in the Sopakne area this month - the Albertsons at 57th and Regal was robbed of OxyContin Friday morning.

Anyone with information on the July 9 robbery is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Tipsters don’t have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.

Pictures show armed OxyContin robber

A gunman robbed a South Hill pharmacy of OxyContin Friday morning.

The robber pointed a semi-automatic pistol at employees at the Albertsons  at 57th and Regal just after 9 a.m.

The man pulled the gun from his waistband as he approached the pharmacy from the dairy section and fled westbound from the store with the powerful prescription pain killer.

The robber ran south along the west side of Regal before a small white car picked him.

The gunman was described as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, 6-feet tall or slighter taller. He had  “bright blue eyes” and wore a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and a piece of dark fabric across his face, along with blue, baggy jeans.

The store is the second Albertsons robbed of OxyContin this month. Crime Stoppers still is offering a reward for tips that help solve the July 9 robbery at the Trent and Argonne store.

Detectives don’t know if the robberies are related.

Walgreens, a once-prime target for OxyContin robbers has only been hit once since installing time-release safes to store the drug last fall. The company expanded the time-release safes to Idaho and Oregon this week.

Anyone with information on today’s robbery is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Photos show robber’s clothes; tips sought

Crime Stoppers if offering a reward for tips that help identify the masked gunman who robbed a pharmacy of OxyContin last week. 

Detectives released photos of the jacket and a knit hat used as a mask today in hopes someone will recognize them and call for the reward.

Police found the items in a dumpster behind a school district building. The robber ran north to the building after leaving the Albertsons at Trent and Argonne with stolen OxyContin about 9:10 a.m. on July 9.

The man had a black semi-automatic handgun he kept pointed at an employee. He’d entered the store wearing a dark hooded Hurley jacket with the hood up, along with gray or faded denim jeans.

“He was hunched over with his arms crossed as if he was sick or injured,” according to a news release. 

The man was described as in his early to mid-20s, 6-feet tall to 6-foot-5.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Tipsters don’t have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.

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