Police follow up leads to armed robbery arrest
Follow-up work by a Spokane police patrol officer led to the arrest early today of a man suspected in a weekend robbery of a convenience store in Hillyard.
Officer Adam Valdez was patrolling in the area of the 3000 block of East Heroy Avenue when he spotted a man digging through trash.
It is the same location that a police dog over the weekend had tracked the trail of an armed robber in a holdup of M & K Market at Market Street and Wellesley Avenue late Saturday night.
In that incident, a man with a knife and wearing a mask and gloves held up a clerk at the store.
The arrest today came after Officer Valdez found enough evidence to link Garry L. George, 42, a transient, to the robbery.
Valdez recovered a black nylon bag underneath a tree behind an abandoned garage as well as a baggie of suspected methamphetamine in the garage. The nylon bag contained items believed to have been used in the robbery.
George was booked on charges of first-degree robbery and possession of a controlled substance.
“This is an excellent example of how follow-up police work resulted in the arrest of an armed robbery suspect, taking him off of the streets of Spokane,” said Sgt. Kevin King in a news release today.