10-year sentence for Spokane robbery spree - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

10-year sentence for Spokane robbery spree


















(Still frame taken from surveillance video captured during one
of the robberies)


SPOKANE, Wash. - A 20-year-old man who pleaded guilty to eight counts of robbery in a string of holdups at payday loan stores in Spokane was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison.
     
Zachary T. Allen went on the spree in January of last year to buy OxyContin.
     
His mother told the Spokesman-Review he became addicted to painkillers after a prescription for a motocross injury when he was 15.
     
A girlfriend convicted as Allen's getaway driver, Kimberley A. Norman, pleaded guilty in December to rendering criminal assistance and was sentenced to the 48 days she already spent in jail.

Nearly every robbery was conducted in the same way: A single male entered the business wearing a black ski mask and armed with a handgun. He then demanded cash from the employee.

Surveillance video revealed one instance where the robber entered and waited ten minutes for a time-sensitive safe to open and even took money from an employee's wallet.

 

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