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Multiple Spokane robberies still under investigation

Walgreens Pharmacy has installed time-lock cabinets to store painkillers targeted by thieves Walgreens Pharmacy has installed time-lock cabinets to store painkillers targeted by thieves
The suspect in an attempted ATM theft wraps a chain around the ATM in an attempt to pull it from the gas station with an SUV The suspect in an attempted ATM theft wraps a chain around the ATM in an attempt to pull it from the gas station with an SUV
Lindaman's employees were forced to the ground at gunpoint on October 15 in an armed robbery Lindaman's employees were forced to the ground at gunpoint on October 15 in an armed robbery
A man wearing a gold wig robbed the Inland Northwest Bank near Hawthorne and Nevada after using duct tape to bind bank employees A man wearing a gold wig robbed the Inland Northwest Bank near Hawthorne and Nevada after using duct tape to bind bank employees
This pair was arrested after stealing from gym lockers at East Valley and West Valley High Schools This pair was arrested after stealing from gym lockers at East Valley and West Valley High Schools

SPOKANE, Wash. - Since October 8, 2009, Spokane Police have responded to five ATM thefts and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office has responded to four; these nine thefts are just part of more than 20 robberies in the Spokane area since the beginning of August.


ADVISORY: To see a map of where the ATM thefts have occurred, click here.

The suspects in the robberies have targeted a variety of businesses including restaurants, gas stations, motels, pharmacies, espresso stands and even high school gym lockers.

Pharmacies have been a popular target in the Spokane area and the volume of such robberies has even been labeled a 'phenomenon' by Walgreens Pharmacy officials.

Other targets, such as Lindaman's restaurant and Baskin-Robbins, are unusual and police say they're becoming targets because of the lack of security and they are crimes of opportunity, meaning crimes that are both difficult to anticipate and hard to stop.

Not all of the thefts have involved an armed suspect and in some, such as the theft of a bottle of wine from a grocery store, the suspect makes no attempt to conceal his or her identity.

The following is a list of some of the most recent robberies in the Spokane area. To read more on each, simply click on the headline.

(From August 14 to October 29)

Shoplifter attempts to conceal wine in pants
On August 14, the suspect, described as a white man in his 40s, walked into the 3rd Ave Grocery store in the 700 block of W. 3rd around 4:30 in the afternoon. He attempted to steal a bottle of 'Mad Dog' wine by putting it in his pants.

Police: Pharmacy robbery suspect strikes again
Spokane police are asking for your help in locating the suspect in yet another pharmacy robbery. Police believe the man who robbed the Rite-Aid pharmacy in the 4500 block of S. Regal Saturday evening may be the same person responsible for an August 24 robbery at a South Hill ShopKo pharmacy.

Downtown Spokane motel robbed at gunpoint
The Days Inn on west Third in Spokane was robbed at gunpoint around 4 Wednesday morning. According to police, the suspect walked in, took out a gun and robbed the motel clerk.

Additional suspects wanted in Rite Aid robbery

Spokane Major Crimes Detectives are looking for 31-year-old Jed Luke Boles and 21-year-old William E. Higgins for their involvement in the Rite Aid Robbery, which occurred on September 27, 2009 at 5520 N. Division.

Papa John's Pizzeria robbed
Spokane police say the Papa Johns Pizzeria at Monroe and Indiana was robbed at 10:30 Monday night. A male suspect reportedly walked into the store and handed the female employee a note indicating he had a gun, but didn't display a weapon.

Zip Trip robbed at gunpoint; 3rd robbery in north Spokane
Spokane Police Officers are looking for an armed robber who made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from a Zip Trip in North Spokane. According to police, the man entered the Zip Trip at 3030 east Euclid in Spokane and produced a handgun.

Bank robber claimed golf balls were bombs
The Spokane County Sheriff's office is searching for a suspect after the Inland Northwest Bank near Hawthorne and Nevada was robbed Tuesday morning. The suspect walked into the bank around 11:45 and took a pistol out of the front pocket of the hooded sweatshirt  he was wearing.

Robbery at South Hill Baskin-Robbins
The Spokane Police Department is asking for anyone who has information on a robbery at the Baskin Robbins in the 1200 block of S. Grand to call them with information.

Similar suspect described in espresso stand armed robberies
Spokane Police say two espresso stands in north Spokane were robbed at gunpoint early Monday morning. The first robbery happened at 2206 east Francis just after 5:00. Police responded to reports of the robbery at Oasis Espresso.

Armed suspect robs Lindaman's at gunpoint
Spokane Police Officers are looking for a suspect involved in an armed robbery that happened late Wednesday night. Officers say a black male suspect entered the Lindaman's Restaurant in the 1200 block of south Grand. The suspect approached an employee leaving the restaurant and produced a gun, forcing that employee back inside.

Three arrested in locker room burglaries
Police were able to arrest three locker room burglary suspects after the trio attempted to rob the Costco in Spokane Valley Friday. The three suspects, Jenalee Hall, Miranda Watson and Chad Hoyt were caught on school surveillance video after stealing from lockers at both East Valley and West Valley High Schools on October 2.

Two armed robbery suspects escape K9 unit and Sheriff's helicopter
Two armed suspects remain at large Friday morning after robbing a Subway Sandwich Shop on Northwest Boulevard at knife point. Spokane Police Officers say it happened at 10:30 Thursday night at the Subway Shop on Northwest Blvd. and Madison St. According to the Subway employee, two suspects approached the clerk and assaulted that clerk with the knife.

Quiznos employee unresponsive to would-be robber's demands
According to the owner of a North Spokane Quiznos, an employee working during an attempted robbery Saturday night thought the gunman's pistol was fake and continued on with his nightly routine, completely unresponsive to the masked man.

Deputies searching for suspects in attempted ATM theft
The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is searching for two suspects after they attempted to steal an ATM from a Shell gas station in the in 9900 block of  N. Wall. Deputies say the pair backed an SUV into the front doors of the station and once the glass doors shattered, they attached a chain to the ATM. Using the SUV, the suspects tried twice to yank out the ATM, but were not successful.

ATM ripped from South Hill gas station
Spokane Police are looking for two suspects after an ATM was stolen from a South Hill Tesoro and then found by police a short time later with no money taken. Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, police believe two men used a stolen truck to break the doors of the Tesoro at 17th and Ray.

North Spokane Zip Trip robbed at gunpoint
Sheriff's Deputies are looking for two men following an armed robbery at a north Spokane Zip Trip. It happened just after 11:00 Wednesday night at the Zip Trip at 711 W. Hastings.

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