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Sirens & Gavels

Do you recognize this man?

Surveillance photo from the June 16 robbery at Walgreens, 2105 E Wellesley Ave. (Spokane Police Department)
Surveillance photo from the June 16 robbery at Walgreens, 2105 E Wellesley Ave. (Spokane Police Department)

Spokane's newest pharamcy robber apparently didn't think he had much to hide.

This photo shows the man police say robbed a north Spokane Walgreens of OxyContin at gunpoint Tuesday walking into the store dressed like a normal guy - no attempt was made to conceal his identity.

"it kind of shows you the addictive nature of the drug," said Lt. Dave McGovern. "It's not like we enver arrest these people. They know people are being arrested and they still do it anyway."

Another sign of OxyContin's popularity: the number of tips police receive on robberies that turn out false.

Lots of people know someone they think is capable of robbing a pharmacy for the drug, police said.

In this case, police anticipate a quick arrest. A tip based on a surveillance photo led to the arrest of suspect in the last robbery at at the South Hill Walgreens.

The company that makes OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

The company introduced OxyContin in the late 90s and has been under scrutiny for lying about the drug's addictiveness and encouraging doctors to over prescribe it.



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