Pharmacy patrols underway following string of Oxycontin robberies - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Pharmacy patrols underway following string of Oxycontin robberies

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Sheriff's deputies and Spokane Valley police have begun regular pharmacy checks during their shifts in an effort to combat the recent wave of oxycontin robberies in Spokane County.

Deputies and officers who have pharmacies within their district boundaries are being required to make regular contacts with those businesses during their shifts.  A similar program involving banks and credit unions has existed for years.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said Thursday that although a deputy or officer may not be at the pharmacy at the same time as someone intent on robbing it, his message to suspects engaged in the robberies is, "Do you feel lucky?"

If you witness any suspicious activity in the area of local pharmacies, you should call Crime Check at 456-2233. 

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Police are investigating after an apparent attempted armed robbery at the Check into Cash business in the 900 block of N. Division. The same store was also hit last week, however this time the robber was not able to get any money.  The attempted robbery occurred just after 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses say the suspect approached the door with a gun and tried to enter the business but was unable to because the doors had already been locked. Witnesses add the suspect, a white male, banged on the door in an attempt to enter the store. He supposedly appeared very 'twitchy.'

Police say suspect is the same man responsible for three successful robberies at check cashing business in the last two weeks, including the robbery last week of tonight's attempted target.

At 6:40 police received a call of a reported robbery from the pharmacy at the North Point Shopko located at 9520 N. Newport Hwy.  The suspect displayed a gun and made off with about 1000 tablets of Oxycontin.  No one was hurt in the robbery.

After reviewing surveillance video police identified the suspect as the same man who they say attempted to rob the Check into Cash store on north Division just about an hour before the Shopko robbery.

The suspect was described as white male, approximately 160 pounds and was wearing a dark hoodie and blue jeans.

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