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Two more arrests made in string of pharmacy robberies

Wed., Jan. 29, 2014, 5:18 p.m.

Police have made two more arrests in a recent string of pharmacy robberies, stating in court documents that four people worked together to commit seven of the nine robberies reported in Spokane County since Jan. 1.

Dale J. Cusick, 23, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of second-degree robbery. During a brief court appearance Wednesday his bond was set at $10,000. Additional robbery charges are pending, said police spokeswoman Monique Cotton.

Police also arrested a 17-year-old male who reportedly admitted his involvement in several of the thefts, court documents say. He has also been charged with second-degree robbery.

Last week police arrested Phillip J. Powlus, 35, for second-degree robbery and delivery of controlled substance. Jacy L. Thomson, 33, has been charged with three counts of second-degree robbery and possession of a controlled substance. Both Thomson and Powlus are in the Spokane County Jail in lieu of bond.

Cotton said investigators are still sorting out what roles each person played in the seven robberies. Court documents indicate that some of the pharmacies were scouted before they were robbed. “It was a web, really,” Cotton said. “It’s going to take a bit of time.”


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