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Two robbers grab woman’s purse

Two robbers stole a woman’s purse on Nov. 10 as she was walking to her car in a parking lot in east Spokane, the Spokane Police said.

The victim was walking to her car about 6 p.m. at Kmart, 4110 E. Sprague Ave., when a man ran up to her and grabbed her purse, said police spokesman Dick Cottam in a press release. She was able to hold on until another man shoved her against her car. After she let go of the purse, the two fled on foot. They were pursued by witnesses who notified police of their likely whereabouts.

Officers went to a residence in the 3800 block of East Pacific Avenue and talked to the mother of one of the alleged robbers, Cottam said. The mother let police in the house. Inside were the woman’s purse and two men whom the victim identified as the robbers. Police arrested Bud Ray Brown, 22, and Brian L. Riley, 19. They were booked into jail on charges of second degree robbery and possession of stolen property.

Officers find meth lab

Department of Corrections officers checking up on a former prisoner living in Hillyard discovered signs of a methamphetamine lab on Nov. 10, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said.

Corrections officers contacted detectives who went to the camper trailer at 3523 E. Olympic Ave. and confirmed the presence of a meth lab, sheriff’s spokesman Cpl. Dave Reagan said in a press release. Detectives secured the scene and executed a search warrant on Thursday, Reagan said.

The tenant, Eugene D. Allen, 45, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of possessing and manufacturing a controlled substance.

Man charged with robbery

A man was booked into jail on Friday on charges of robbing a Rite Aid in north Spokane earlier in the day.

Travis M. McGuire, 29, faces first degree robbery and possession of a controlled substance charges. Bond was set at $25,000.

A Rite Aid employee told police that he saw a man trying to leave the store, 5520 N. Division St., with concealed merchandise, according to court records. The employee noticed that the man had a knife in his pocket.

The employee told police that he contacted the man, but he refused to come back and reached into the pocket where the knife was located, according to court documents. The Rite Aid worker opted not to pursue the alleged thief further because he felt he might be stabbed if he did.

Police were given information on the alleged thief’s car and tracked it to McGuire. An officer went to his address, and McGuire arrived in the vehicle while the officer was there, documents say.

McGuire fled on foot. He threw a knife and plastic bag with methamphetamine during the chase, court records say. McGuire was caught and admitted to stealing items from Rite Aid, police said.

Besides the counts from Friday, McGuire faces other charges from previous incidents. Those include third degree theft and possession of stolen property. Bond was set at $15,000 in those incidents.


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