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Sirens & Gavels robbery archive

THURSDAY, JAN. 21, 2010

Toothless burglar's accomplice sought

Spokane police are looking for a second suspect in the recent robbery of a north Spokane espresso stand that's been tied to a suspected toothless burglar. Shawn Michael Westlie, 44, was arrested after a standoff Friday and charged with multiple counts of first-degree armed robbery...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 15, 2010

SWAT team nabs robbery suspect

A man police believe robbed a coffee stand was arrested Friday after a SWAT team standoff. Shawn Michael Westlie, 41, hid inside a home in the 2100 block of Montgomery Avenue in west Spokane when police arrived about 3:30 p.m. but surrendered about 90 minutes...

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Robbers tie up disabled woman

Two people seeking prescription drugs tied up a Bonner County woman in her home early today. Cynthia White was asleep on her couch when the robbers entered, forced her into her wheelchair and tied her to it about 3:50 a.m. in the Cedar View Estates...

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MONDAY, DEC. 21, 2009

Pharmacist who tackled robber fired

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho pharmacist who tackled a gun-toting robber and received a special award from the city of Coeur d'Alene has been fired for violating company policy. Jerry Gunderson said he was dismissed from the Shopko pharmacy late last month...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 29, 2009


The FBI is looking for this man, who robbed the INB bank branch at Hawthorne Road and Nevada Street at gunpoint Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. Officials say the suspect tied up bank employees with duct tape during the robbery. (Spokane Valley Police Department)

Spokane bank robber still at large

In a brazen act and shockingly ugly fashion statement, a man in striped purple-and-gold poncho, a blond wig and brown false mustache tied up Spokane bank employees before escaping with cash Tuesday. The man walked into the INB Bank branch at Hawthorne Road and Nevada...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2009

Courthouse watch: 9.8.09

Two men accused of robbing the Garland Theater in July were due in Spokane County Superior Court today. Allen R. Corker, 20, and Joshua A. Taylor, 20, were to appear via video on charges of first-degree robbery in connection with a July 3 incident. Witnesses...

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