Pharmacist calls 911, stalls women trying to use stolen Rx pad

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Updated Monday, May 21 at 6:42 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY -- Deputies responding to a prescription forgery call in Spokane Valley Sunday say they arrived to find a "visibly" nervous woman and her accomplice.

A police spokesman says Crystal Russel, 24, and Justine Diaz, 22, were using a stolen prescription pad to try to get the powerful pain medication Oxycodone. 

According to pharmacists at the business on the 134000 block of E. Sprague, the women said they were trying to pick up the prescription for a friend who'd been involved in a collision.  An alert pharmacist noticed the stolen pharmacy pad was flagged by the Spokane Pharmacy Association, and a woman matching Diaz' description tried to use stolen prescriptions the night before at several Albertson's pharmacies.

The pharmacist stalled the two suspects after calling 911.

The police spokesman says both women tried to walk away from the store, but deputies first detained, arrested them, and booked them into the Spokane County Jail. Both women appeared in court Monday. The both have criminal records and Diaz’s bond was set at $2,500. Russel was released.

Deputy Craig Chamberlain says the sheriff’s office has seen a spike in pharmacy fraud

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