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Serial robbery suspect tries to strike again

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating another attempted robbery at the Check into Cash store in the 500 block of  E. Francis.

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According to the description given by the clerk, police believe this is the same suspect who robbed the same Check into Cash business twice in the last two weeks and another check cashing business in the 900 block of N. Division twice in the last week.

Police believe this suspect attempted to rob the N. Division store again on Tuesday but failed because the door was locked. After that failed robbery attempt, police believe the suspect then robbed the pharmacy at the North Point Shopko at gunpoint and made off with about 1,000 pills of Oxycontin, a powerful painkiller.

The suspect is described as a white male between 18 and 25 years old, 5'8" to 5'10", weighing 140 - 150 pounds. He was wearing a ski mask, jeans and in the most recent robbery he was wearing a tan jacket instead of the usual black and grey jacket he has been seen in.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes should call 242-TIPS or call Crime Check at 456-2233.

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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?"

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