July 23, 2010 in City

Gunman robs South Hill pharmacy of OxyContin

 
Courtesy of Spokane County Sheriff's Office photo

This surveillance image shows a man police believe to be Nicholas “Niko” Burden, 31, pulling a gun at the Albertsons pharmacy at 57th and Regal, which was robbed of OxyContin on July 23. Police say Burden shot himself during a police chase following a robbery at Rite Aid on 29th Avenue on Aug. 3.
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A gunman robbed a South Hill pharmacy of OxyContin this morning.

The robber pointed a semi-automatic pistol at employees at the Albertsons at 57th and Regal just after 9 a.m.

The man pulled the gun from his waistband as he approached the pharmacy and fled westbound from the store with the powerful prescription painkiller.

The robber ran south along the west side of Regal before a small white car picked him up.

The gunman was described as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, 6-feet tall or slighter taller. He had “bright blue eyes” and wore a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and a piece of dark fabric across his face, along with blue, baggy jeans.

The store is the second Albertsons robbed of OxyContin this month. Crime Stoppers still is offering a reward for tips that help solve the July 9 robbery at the Trent and Argonne store.

Detectives don’t know if the robberies are related.

Walgreens, a once-prime target for OxyContin robbers, has only been hit once since installing time-release safes to store the drug last fall. The company expanded the time-release safes to Idaho and Oregon this week.

Anyone with information on today’s robbery is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.


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