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McD’s robbery suspect arrested in Calif.

A suspect in a series of armed robberies in Spokane was arrested in California Wednesday - his 26th birthday.

Avery Lee Loring was booked into the Fresno County Jail at 6:23 p.m. on a U.S. Marshals' hold.

He's is believed to be one of four men who robbed the McDonald's at 4647 S. Regal St., on May 25 while six juvenile customers were inside.

Suspects Michael D. Brown, 23; Dwayne J. “DJ” Tolbert, 21; and Brettly Sanderson, 16, have been arrested. They are among several suspects jailed for a series of loosely connected hold ups.

Loring and Tolbert also are accused of robbing the Zip Trip at 2020 W. Francis Ave., at gunpoint on May 31. The robbery netted $14, cigarettes and cigars.

Loring was sentenced to four years in prison in 2006 for a robbery attempt near Gonzaga University. Crime Stoppers had been offering a reward for information that led to Loring's arrest.

A reward still is being offered for tips that help arrest another robbery suspect, Oladejo B. Olajoyegbe, 24.

Another home robbery suspect wanted

A man who was arrested leaving a suspected robber's home with a bag of marijuana is now wanted for a gunpoint home-invasion robbery two days earlier.

Oladejo B. Olajoyegbe, 24 (left), is accused of robbing a home in the 1700 block of East Columbia Avenue July 3 with Derek L. Wilson, 25 (left), and Christopher M. Comer, 24 (right). Wilson and Comer were arrested July 5.

An officer was watching Wilson's home at 2408 E. Francis Ave. as a detective prepared a search warrant when he spotted a man later identified Olajoyegbe, who is Wilson's cousin, knock on the door, then look in basement windows before walking to the side of the house and leaving five minutes later with a large white plastic bag, according to court documents.

Police stopped the car at East Wellesley Avenue and Argonne Road and arrested the driver, Lashanette Beavers, and the passenger, Olajoyegbe.

Olajoyegbe told police his cousin lives at the home and allowed him to take the marijuana, which police say weighed over a pound and consisted of cuttings from marijuana plants.

Olajoyegbe left jail on $5,000 bond for a marijuana charge but is now wanted for first-degree robbery after prosecutors filed charges July 9. He's accused of robbing the East Columbia Avenue home while wearing a mask and brandishing a handgun. A woman and her daughter were ordered to the floor as the home was ransacked.

The robbers stole medical marijuana, a PlayStation 3, and iPad 2 and a cellphone and wallet.

Police believe the robbery was arranged by the girlfriend of Brettly “Nike” Sanderson, who is accused of robberies at McDonald's and at a home on North Hogan Street. The 16-year-old girl knew the younger victim from middle school and was at the home just minutes before the robbery under a ruse of owing her $5.

She told police she arranged the robbery “as a copycat home-invasion robbery to take the suspicion off her boyfriend who is in jail for this kind of crime,” according to court documents.

Comer and Wilson, who faces life in prison under the three-strikes law, are in jail.

Now Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to Olajoyegbe's capture.

Olajoyegbe, 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, last gave an address in Lynwood, Wash. He has previous convictions for forgery and first-degree armed burglary. Anyone with information on his location is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Reward targets suspect in McD’s robbery

A reward is being offered for tips that help arrest a a suspect in a series of armed robberies in the Spokane area.

Avery Lee Loring, 25, is believed to be one of four men who robbed the McDonald's at 4647 S. Regal St., at gunpoint on May 25 while six juvenile customers were inside.

Suspects Michael D. Brown, 23; Dwayne J. “DJ” Tolbert, 21; and Brettly Sanderson, 16, have been arrested. They are among seven suspects jailed for a series of loosely connected hold ups.

Loring and Tolbert also are believed to have robbed the Zip Trip at 2020 W. Francis Ave., at gunpoint on May 31. The robbery netted $14, cigarettes and cigars.

Loring was sentenced to four years in prison in 2006 for a robbery attempt near Gonzaga University involving his now former girlfriend, Alyssa Anderson, then a high school honor student. Loring assaulted the victims with a tire iron after hiding in a bush while Anderson put on a ski mask and pointed a shotgun at them and demanded money, according to previously published reports He earned his GED while in jail.

Now Loring is wanted on new robbery charges and, like the other suspects, could be facing further charges as the investigation into the robbery spree continues. Police have been searching for him but were told he may have fled to California.

Anyone with information on Loring's current location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters do not have to leave their name to collect a reward but should give a code name or number.

McDonald’s robbery suspect still sought

Tips from surveillance photos of the McDonald's takeover robbery helped police identify four suspects, including Avery Loring. (SPDphoto)

An eighth suspect in a series of armed robberies still is being sought by Spokane police. 

Avery Lee Loring, 25, is believed to be one of four men who robbed the McDonald's at 4647 S. Regal St., at gunpoint on May 25 while six juvenile customers were inside.

Suspects Michael D. Brown, 23; Dwayne J. “DJ” Tolbert, 21; and Brettly Sanderson, 16, have been arrested. They are among seven suspects jailed for a series of loosely connected hold ups.

Loring and Tolbert also are believed to have robbed the Zip Trip at 2020 W. Francis Ave., at gunpoint on May 31. The robbery netted $14, cigarettes and cigars.

Sanderson also is accused or robbing a home in the 2900 block of North Hogan Street June 6 with Derek L. Wilson, 25, and Christopher M. Comer, 24. Wilson faces life in prison without the possibility of parole under Washington's three-strikes law if convicted of first-degree robbery (or second-degree robbery). He was just released from prison April 25 after completing a 17-month sentence for third-degree assault.

Loring was sentenced to four years in prison in 2006 for a robbery attempt near Gonzaga University involving his now former girlfriend, Alyssa Anderson, then a high school honor student. Loring assaulted the victims with a tire iron after hiding in a bush while Anderson put on a ski mask and pointed a shotgun at them and demanded money.

Anderson was an honor student at Rogers High School and volunteered on Saturdays helping with the youth at her church. Loring moved to Spokane a couple of years earlier from Los Angeles and had dropped out of Ferris High School, according to previously published reports He earned his GED while in jail.

Now Loring is wanted on new robbery charges and, like the other suspects, could be facing further charges as the investigation into the robbery spree continues. The Spokane police SWAT team searched a location for him Friday with no success.

Anyone with information on Loring's location is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Suspects arrested in brazen robberies

Seven people have been arrested for a series of brazen gunpoint robberies that targeted not only drug homes but a fast food restaurant with customers inside.

  More arrests are expected as part of an ongoing investigation that began May 25 when four masked robbers burst into the McDonald’s at 4647 S. Regal St. and robbed four employees and six customers of cash, phones and other valuables.

“It’s not like an organized crew of the same four people doing robbery after robbery, but a loosely knit group,” said Spokane police Major Frank Scalise. “I am confident that the overwhelming majority of this group is behind bars.”

Read the rest of my story here.

 Suspects Derek L. Wilson, Christopher M. Comer and Dwayne J. “DJ” Tolbert are pictured above, clockwise starting with Wilson in the left corner.

Car could hold clues in home invasion

Police are hoping fingerprints or DNA on a car stolen in a home-invasion robbery will help them identify suspects.

Officers found the 1997 Honda Civic stripped of its tires and wheels near West Gordon Avenue and West Glass Avenue in Spokane after it was stolen during a robbery at 2918 N. Hogan St., on June. 6.

The victim said a man he knew only as “Nike” arrived at his home with two men, including one who was holding a sawed-off shotgun. The gunman yelled “Where's the money? Where's the drugs?” and trashed the apartment as Nike and the other man also brandished guns, according to a search warrant filed this week. Police used the warrant to swab the Honda for possible fingerprints or DNA.

Another occupant of the apartment was pistol whipped. His roommate said he was robbed of $50, two laptops, a PlayStation 3 and stereo speakers.

It's unclear if the robbery is connected to other recent robberies, but the method of operation and suspects' descriptions is somewhat similar to that of a take-over style robbery that occurred at McDonald's, 4647 S. Regal St., May 25.

In that case, four men with ski masks targeted customers and employes with black semiautomatic handguns and a sawed-off, single-barrel shotgun. Detectives suspect that robbery may be connected to a take-over home-invasion robbery that occurred May 30 in the 4400 block of East 46th Avenue.

Another robbery involving four men in ski masks occurred early Friday, June 8, at the Zip Trip at 1523 W. 10th Ave., on the South Hill. Employees said the store was robbed at gunpoint by two white men and two Hispanic men wearing dark clothes and ski masks. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

McD’s robbery may be linked to others

Spokane police released this and other surveillence photos of the armed robbery at McDonald's May 25. View more here.

A takeover-style robbery that targeted customers and employees at a McDonald’s in south Spokane may be connected to a similar gunpoint attack at a nearby home five days later.

Victims in both robberies described the masked men’s weapons as black, semi automatic handguns and a sawed-off, single barrel shotgun, according to information released Monday.

Read the rest of my story here.

Robbers take over South Hill McDonald’s

Four masked robbers took over a McDonald's on the South Hill at gunpoint Friday night, and police are asking for help identifying them. 

Police today released three surveillance photos of the robbers, who accosted six people inside the restaurant at 4647 S. Regal St., just after 10 p.m.

The victims complied with demands and none was injured. The robbers, who wore black clothing, fled on foot before police arrived. 

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to arrests. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Shari’s customers robbed of laptops

Two customers at Shari's restaurant in northwest Spokane had their laptops stolen out of their hands Sunday, police say.

The women were sitting in a booth about 4:50 p.m. when a man walked up, slammed a MacBook shut and grabbed it from one of them, then grabbed the other laptop that was nearby.

The thief, identified by police as Tyler C. Berens, 20, ran from the restaurant but was arrested minutes later at the McDonald's across the street. A McDonald's employee told police Berens walked into the store on a cellphone and said “I'm going to jail” before locking himself in the bathroom, according to court documents.

Police found Berens in the bathroom and recovered the laptops from a garbage can. Officers said Berens had two Xanex pills on him, which earned him drug possession charges in addition to second-degree robbery and second-degree theft charges for the laptop heists.

Berens already has a trial scheduled in May for property crimes charges related to a counterfeit check ring.

Pics show vehicle in McDonald’s carjacking

Police today released surveillance photos of a car believed to belong to two men who stole a car at gunpoint in a fast food drive-through early Monday.

The photos show a white, four-door sedan at McDonald’s, 909 W. Indiana Ave., about 3 a.m., just before two men carjacked a Mitsubishi Lancer in a dispute over loud music.

The men were in the white car when the Lancer pulled up and a confrontation ensued over the Lancer’s stereo volume.

Police found the Lancer - sans the stereo - about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday n a vacant lot in the area of 1800 West Boone.

Anyone with information on the white call or the men, described as white, bald and large, should call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Search continues for McDonald’s carjackers

Spokane police still are looking for two men who carjacked a Mitsubishi Lancer at gunpoint during a fight over loud music in a McDonald’s drive-through early Monday.

The men, described as large, white and bald, were waiting at the McDonald’s at 909 W. Indiana Ave. in a white, four-door sedan at 2:58 a.m. when the Mitsubishi occupied by two other men pulled in behind playing loud music, police said.

When one of the men yelled to turn the music down, the men in the Mitsubishi got out of the car and confronted them but retreated when one displayed a handgun, according to police.

The men ordered the victims out of the car before driving off – one in the car they arrived in and one in the victim’s vehicle.

The stolen car, which is a gray 2002, four-door sedan, has a Washington license plate number 318TDF. Anyone who sees the Lancer is asked to call 911.

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