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Sirens & Gavels robbery archive

FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010

MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010

2 men arrested for robbery 6 months later

Two Kalispell, Mont., men have been arrested for a gunpoint robbery at a North Idaho grocery store last fall. The suspects, Philip Paul-Richard Luedcke, 22 (right), and Nathan Wayne Hunt, 19, are accused of robbing the Super 1 Foods in Hayden early Oct. 17. Detectives...

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'Snitch' assailant in robbery case sentenced

A man who helped rob a pharmacy last fall, then threatened a witness, will spend about 11 months in jail. William E. Higgins, 22, pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to commit first-degree armed burglary and received 11.25 months in jail and 12 months probation....

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THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010

Robbery victim's stash: Sex toy, syringes 

A robbery suspect arrested in a Spokane Valley water park after his truck ran out of gas reportedly told police he arranged to buy methamphetamine from the victim but robbed her instead. Police found a pornographic video, a sex toy, condoms, syringes, plastic baggies along...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010

$66 robbery gets gunman 7+ years in prison

A 25-year-old man who robbed a convenience store at gunpoint last fall was sentenced today to nearly eight years in prison. Christopher R. Walinksi pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and second-degree assault for a Sept. 29 robbery at Zip Trip, 3030 E. Euclid Ave. The...

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MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010

Woman, 21, pleads guilty in armed robbery

A woman arrested in a gunpoint OxyContin robbery at Spokane pharmacy last fall pleaded guilty today. Ariel A. Arrieta, 21, (right) faces about 20 to 30 months in prison when she's sentenced in August for conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, said her lawyer, Chris Phelps....

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010

Oxy robbery tipster now accused of robbery 

A man who reportedly tipped police to the identities of three suspected pharmacy robbers is now accused of participating in the Sept. 27 incident. Benjamin K. Rasmussen, 19, pleaded not guilty today to one charge of first-degree robbery. Police believe he stayed in the car...

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MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010

3 mugged in Spokane early Saturday

Three people were mugged in Spokane early Saturday, and police are looking for help identifying suspects. Two robberies occurred about 4 a.m. near Sprague and Washington, then at Riverside and Washington. Another occurred between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. at 2200 W. Wellesley Ave. According...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010

Another arrested in robbery w/ crowbar

Another suspect has been arrested in a violent home-invasion robbery two weeks ago.Robert Andrew Wilson, 24, is in jail on $175,000 bail. Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives believe he used a crowbar to assault a man and woman in an apartment at 815 W. Bellwood early...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2010

$66 gunpoint robbery gets man 14 months

A 24-year-old man involved in a convenience store holdup last fall was sentenced to 14 months in prison today. Joseph R. Giordanella pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery and second-degree assault for a Sept. 29 robbery at Zip Trip, 3030 E. Euclid Ave. The robbery netted...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010

THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010

Robbery targeted suspect's ex-boyfriend

A home-invasion robbery in north Spokane early Wednesday targeted the ex-boyfriend of one of the suspects.The victims told police they were attacked by a group that included a woman who was 8 months pregnant. That suspect, who has not been arrested, used to date on...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010

2 beaten with crowbar in home invasion

Home-invasion robbers awakened two north Spokane apartment residents this morning by beating them a crowbar before stealing electronics.The suspects, 20-year-old Donald M. Holley, 30-year-old Oshien R. Pendell and 19-year-old Megan N. Wilson, were arrested after deputies spotted them in a 1996 Isuzu Rodeo at the...

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MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010

Police: Would-be shoplifter turns robber

A would-be shoplifting suspect faces a second-degree robbery charge after store employees said he assaulted them. Daniel F. Barcellos, Jr., 40, ran from the Big R store, 8307 East Trent Ave., on Saturday with a $200 leather jacket before trying to punch and shove three...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2010

Church pastor tips police to robbery suspect

A church pastor helped detectives identify a suspect in a robbery Monday night at a North Idaho pharmacy. Egan B. Logan IV, 39, of Twin Lakes, was arrested today on charges of robbery and possession of a controlled substance. Detectives say demanded anxiety medicine from...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2010

A man robbed a bank inside an east Spokane grocery store on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010.
The robber entered the Banner Bank at Safeway, 933 E. Mission, about 5:26 p.m. and left with cash. 
He's described as 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-8 and wore a dark, puffy Carhart jacket. (Spokane Police Department)

Robbery suspect arrested outside bank 

A man suspected of robbing an east Spokane bank this week was arrested Thursday after police said he appeared to be staking out a different bank.Douglas E. Labish, 34, is accused of robbing Banner Bank inside the Safeway grocery store at 933 E. Mission on...

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MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2010

A man robbed a bank inside an east Spokane grocery store on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010.
The robber entered the Banner Bank at Safeway, 933 E. Mission, about 5:26 p.m. and left with cash. 
He's described as 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-8 and wore a dark, puffy Carhart jacket. (Spokane Police Department)

Do you recognize this bank robber?

A man robbed a bank inside an east Spokane grocery store today.The robber pictured above entered the Banner Bank at Safeway, 933 E. Mission, about 5:26 p.m. and left with cash. He's described as 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-8 and wore a dark, puffy Carhart jacket.Anyone with...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2010

Last of robbery trio gets 13 months

By Thomas Clouse A man charged with a convenience store robbery last fall pleaded guilty to a lesser charge today and was sentenced to 13 months in jail. Nedzad Mesanovic, 21, pleaded to second-degree robbery as part of the plea. He was also given credit...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 2010

THURSDAY, FEB. 11, 2010

Robber headed to familiar place: prison 

A man sent to prison for shooting his teenage girlfriend in 2005 is headed back there after pleading guilty to second-degree robbery. Reza Abghari, 26, was sentenced to 15 months in prison this morning by Judge Sam Cozza. He was arrested Oct. 28 with Nedzad...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010

Surveillance camera images of a man who robbed the Grocery Outlet on North Division Street in Spokane on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. (Courtesy of Spokane Police Department)

DNA on fake beard nabs robbery suspect

A seven-month-old robbery may be solved thanks to DNA from a fake beard worn by the culprit.Donald R. Wright, 35, was arrested today in connection with the June 23 robbery at the Grocery Outlet at 7810 N. Division after the state crime lab matched his...

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MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2010

Robbery nets $83, 2 felony charges

A convenience store robbery that landed a Spokane man in jail on felony charges netted $83, according to court documents. Jakob B. McMath, 25, appeared in Superior Court today on charges of first-degree robbery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. McMath was arrested late...

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MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2010

Accused robbers due in court today

A man and a woman arrested after homeowner reported fighting with one during a burglary early Sunday are due in Spokane County Superior Court today.Cody J. Wolk, 24, and Peta N. Schimanski, 24, are to appear in court via video feed from the Spokane County...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 22, 2010

2nd suspect named in hold up

A man police think was involved in a recent espresso stand robbery with a suspected toothless burglar has been identified as Jeremy L. Hubbard, 37. Hubbard is wanted for first-degree robbery. He was last seen driving a 1994 silver 4-door Ford Taurus with Washington license...

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