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OxyContin maker offers reward for robbery suspect

Fri., Feb. 6, 2009, 9:28 p.m.

The company that makes OxyContin, Purdue Pharma LP, is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps capture suspected pharmacy robber Richard T. Ludvik.

Ludvik, 23, is accused of robbing Walgreens at 2830 South Grand with a knife on Jan. 21. Joshua G. Dixon, 26, was arrested that night and told police he’d driven Ludvik to and from the store in exchange for a couple of OxyConin pills, according to court papers.

Those papers show police think Ludvik also may be responsible for a robbery 10 days earlier at Walgreens at 15510 E. Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley, but he’s not considered a suspect in the serial payday loan robberies since Jan. 20 and the OxyContin robbery at Shopko in north Spokane this week. Two people were arrested for those crimes Friday evening.

Also Friday, Spokane police released information on a fifth pharmacy robbery in January. A gunman wearing a black and white baseball cap robbed the Rite Aid at 810 E. 29th Avenue of OxyContin Jan. 24.

Anyone with information on that robbery or the suspected serial robber is asked to call (509) 242-TIPS.

Anyone with information on Ludvik’s whereabouts should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online at

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