January 15, 2009 in City

Armed robbery reported at Walgreens

By The Spokesman-Review
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A man robbed a Millwood pharmacy of OxyContin Wednesday after threatening a customer with a knife.

An employee at Walgreens, 2702 N. Argonne Road, told police a man had held a knife to the chest of a customer - identified only as a local attorney - and demanded the prescription painkiller from employees about 5:30 p.m., to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect ran westbound from the building with an undisclosed amount of the drug. No one was injured, according to the sheriff’s office.

The suspect is described as in his 20s, 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-11, heavyset and clean shaven, and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black knit cap with a skull emblem on the front and dark shoes that could have white edging around the tops, according to a news release.

This is the second armed pharmacy robbery this week, and Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for information that solves either. On Sunday, a man with a gun entered the store at 15510 E. Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley, demanded OxyContin and drove off with the pills in a white sport utility vehicle, witnesses told the sheriff’s office.

That suspect is described as 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, in his 20s, with short brown hair and a mustache and wearing fuzzy gloves, a black scarf, a white hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans.

Anyone with information on those robberies or any others is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (509) 327-5111, or submit tips online at crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org. Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the reward but should leave a code name or number.

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