January 20, 2009

Three arrested in OxyContin heist

By The Spokesman-Review

Three suspected pharmacy robbers, including a 15-year-old boy, were apprehended Tuesday just two hours after OxyContin was stolen from a drug store at Sprague and Pines in Spokane Valley.

Joshua M. Warren, 18, and the boy are accused of stealing OxyContin from Walgreens, 12312 E. Sprague Ave., about 11:50 p.m. Monday while David J. Harrington, 20, stood watch outside, according to Spokane Valley police.

Police say Warren punched a clerk in the head while demanding the drug, then fled with Harrington and the boy. The clerk was not seriously hurt.

Police arrested the boy about 12:05 a.m. Tuesday at First Avenue and Union Street; Harrington was arrested as he walked near Fourth and Union. Warren was arrested about 1:30 a.m. after an officer recognized him from the pharmacy’s security video, according to police.

Warren was treated at a local hospital after apparently swallowing a handful of pills, police said.

Police found more than 100 pills on Harrington and “numerous” pills on Warren, according to police.

Harrington and Warren were booked into Spokane County Jail on felony counts of first-degree robbery and possession of a controlled substance. The 15-year-old was booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center for first-degree robbery.

The robbery is the third OxyContin-related Walgreens robbery since Jan. 11.

No suspect has been named in a similar heist that day at 15510 E. Sprague, and police are still looking for Michael Alan Miller, 24, of Coeur d’Alene, the suspect in the Jan. 14 knife-point robbery at 2702 N. Argonne Road.

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