Observant citizens helping catch criminals in Spokane County

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 17 at 7:20 PM

SPOKANE-- Observant and brave citizens have made a big difference lately in some criminal cases for both the city and county.

Wednesday night, the detailed descriptions from victims of a pharmacy robbery helped officers track down a man they suspect is responsible for several other recent crimes.

Employees at Bates Pharmacy on North Nevada St. say a man walked in, rolled down what appeared to be a homemade mask and demanded drugs at the counter.  He made off with some pain medication, but not before an employee got the license plate number of his tan Lincoln Town Car.

Dispatch was able to run a record of the car and found that although the car was registered out of Seattle, an occupant had been given a ticket in the car last year.  That led to the arrest of 38-year-old Larry Griffin for 2nd Degree Robbery.

Detectives believe Griffin is behind other recent robberies including one at Walgreens and another at Rite Aid.

This is just one example of witnesses helping put criminals behind bars recently.  On Monday, the victim of a drive-by shooting was mindful enough to write down the license plate number of the suspect, leading to their arrest just a few hours later.

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