SPD wants multiple charges for accused pharmacy robbers


by KREM.com


Posted on February 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 1:16 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives requested 25 additional charges for three people accused in a rash of pharmacy robberies in the area.

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Detectives requested that Jacy L. Thomson, 33, Philip J. Powlus, 35, and Dale J. Cusick, 23, each be charged with one count of Conspiracy to Commit Second Degree Robbery and Seven Counts of Second Degree Robbery. Cusick was also being charged with one count of Attempted Second Degree Burglary.

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As a result of a police investigation, witness interviews, and tips from the public, Major Crimes detectives said they connected Thomson, Powlus and Cusick to the following eight robberies
•    Albertson’s Pharmacy – 12312 N. Division on Jan. 4, 2014
•    Safeway Pharmacy – 3919 N. Market on Jan. 4, 2014
•    Fred Meyer Pharmacy – 400 S. Thor on Jan. 5, 2014
•    Shopko Pharmacy – 9520 N. Newport Hwy on Jan. 10, 2014
•    Shopko Pharmacy – 9520 N. Newport Hwy on Jan. 12, 2014
•    Albertson’s Pharmacy – 8851 E. Trent on Jan. 16, 2014
•    Albertson’s Pharmacy – 9001 N. Indian Trail on Jan. 10, 2014
•    Attempted Burglary of Albertson’s – 6520 N. Nevada on Jan. 10, 2014

Thomson, Powlus and Cusick were arrested in January.  At the time, Thomson was being held on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Court documents said Thomson hid drugs in her body. Police said 171 pills of oxycontin were found on her at a hospital.  Powlus was being held on charges of 2nd Degree Robbery and Delivery of a Controlled Substance.  Cusick, who was arrested a few days after Thomson and Powlus, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of Second Degree Robbery.

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Powlus has five prior felony convictions in Washington State from 1996 through 2001 for drugs, unlawful possession of a firearm and residential burglary. He also has a federal conviction in 2004 for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Thomson has five prior felony convictions in Washington State in 2009 for first degree robbery, 3 counts of second degree robbery and first degree theft.