Man fatally shot by SPD linked to at least 2 armed robberies



Posted on March 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 28 at 6:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A victim of an armed robbery at Baskin Robbins on Tuesday helped police track down the man accused of similar crimes at multiple businesses.  The Baskin Robbins employee identified Stephen Charles Corkery. The 30-year-old suspect was shot and killed Wednesday night by officers.

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Authorities said he was also a suspect in a series of robberies at Jitterz Java, Deb’s Espresso, Sunny Buns Tanning and Subway since February 17.

The owner of Baskin Robbins was the victim in the robbery. She said even though she knows her aggressor is dead, it is doing little to ease her stress. She positively identified Corkery in a photo lineup.

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“It could have happened to us or anyone here so you just want to do whatever you can to help the situation,” said the Baskin Robbins owner.

Detectives are continuing to search for any additional suspects/accomplices in connection to the robberies.

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Corkery’s alleged victims told detectives he was not rude when he was robbing them.

Court documents said at one of the robberies, a man resembling Corkery allegedly said, “Sweetheart I don’t want to hurt you. Give me everything in the till.”

Detectives said security cameras at Webster’s Saloon across the street from Baskin Robbins helped them track down Corkery.

Owners of Webster’s said just prior to Corkery’s fatal run in with officers, detectives called them to tell them their security camera captured the image that lead them to the suspect.

“Super rewarding. It was really nice to know we had something to do with catching him so I couldn’t continue to happen,” said Webster’s owner, Cody Webster.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for anyone providing information leading to an arrest in these incidents.