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Pharmacy robber busted with 28 bottles of cough syrup in his house

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane County detectives and the Sheriff's Office SWAT team safely served a search warrant at a house in the 2800 block of E. 53rd just after 9:15 a.m. Tuesday morning. Investigators made an arrest at the house. 21-year-old Samuel A. Branch was taken into custody on a charge of first degree robbery.

The arrest comes following an investigation into an April 8 robbery of an Albertson's Pharmacy at E. 57th. That night a man approached the counter and demanded "Promethazine with Codeine cough syrup." He left the pharmacy in a black SUV. Later that evening, Washington State Patrol spotted what they thought was the man's SUV parked in the area of 51st and Madelia.

When deputies arrived they found a black GMC Yukon SUV without license plates parked on the street. It was abandoned with doors locked and headlights on. Deputies called a tow truck to impound the car. While they were waiting for the tow, they saw two men approach the Yukon. One of the men was identified as Branch. But they didn't directly tie the two men to the robbery and didn't make an arrest.

Eventually detectives developed probable cause to search Branch's house. During the search, Branch and another man were taken into custody. Investigators seized clothing believed to be worn during the robbery as well as 28 empty bottles of prescription cough syrup at his house.

Branch was interviewed and booked into Spokane County Jail. The other man was released after being questioned.

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