Criminals rob at least 6 Spokane Co. pharmacies in 12 days

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by WHITNEY WARD & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 8:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--There have been half a dozen pharmacy robberies since January 1 in Spokane County. Pharmacies are the targets for thieves who are often looking for drugs, not cash.

“I learned in the old days, I try to get most of my shopping done before dark,” said shopper David James Teeter.

There was one pharmacy robbery in the Spokane Valley and five in the City in just the first twelve days of 2014. During that same time in 2013, the City saw only two commercial robberies.

READ: N. Spokane Shopko pharmacy robbed


“We're focused on the trend, our crime analysts are looking at the subject description. We're following up evidence, and we're looking into several leads,” said Captain Brad Arleth with the Spokane Police Department Operations Bureau.

The crimes do not seem to be related, with the exception of one woman believed to be responsible for three pill heists at three separate locations.

READ: Police search for suspects in sixth Spokane pharmacy theft


In addition to pharmacies, several convenience stores have also been targeted since November of 2013.

Sunset Grocery in West Spokane has been hit every few months. The owner is taking steps to fence his parking lot in order to cut off an easy escape route for thieves. His shoppers also hope it works.

“I don't particularly care to walk into the middle of a robbery. Because I might just have to get involved and do something about it,” said Teeter.

READ: Fifth Spokane pharmacy robbery reported in 4 days

Many of the pharmacies hit are wondering who will be the next target.

Many stores have brushed up on their training. Employees are looking out for loitering or anyone who seems suspicious.

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