July 9, 2010 in City

Gunman flees Valley Albertsons with OxyContin


A masked gunman robbed a grocery store pharmacy of OxyContin about 9:15 a.m. today in Spokane Valley.

Employees at Albertsons, 8851 E Trent Ave., said the man was inside the store about three minutes before he demanded the powerful prescription painkiller and kept his gun pointed at an employee as she placed the drugs inside a white pharmacy bag.

Police found clothes, gloves and a homemade mask in a dumpster at the West Valley School District administration building near the store. Employees said the man tried escaping out the back door but ran out the front when an alarm sounded.

The robber was described as a white man between 6-feet tall and 6-foot-4, with a thin to medium build. He wore black running shoes with light-colored mesh on the front and held the gun, which resembled a semi-automatic Glock pistol, in his right hand.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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