MARCH 17, 1997

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Armed robber holds up local pharmacy

Drugs, money taken

armed robbery by Andrew Walgamott, staff reporter
A pharmacy in the 17000 block of 140th Avenue NE was robbed last Thursday night at approximately 7:15, according to Woodinville Police Sergeant Rich Krogh. He said that at the pharmacy's closing time, employees noticed a lone man at the doorway holding a long-barreled, small caliber pistol. He demanded the two employees stay inside and give him money and drugs.
   "The suspect asked for morphine, Demerol, Prozac, clonidine, barbiturates--especially injectable barbiturates," a police report said.
   The suspect made off with an undetermined amount of cash as well. He exited through the back door. No vehicle was seen. "This guy was a pro," said Officer Kent Baxter.
   The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-40s, 5'10", 160 pounds, with short dark brown hair and brown eyes. He was well dressed, wore rectangular gold-colored square-frame wire glasses, and had a tanned complexion.
   Other pharmacies in the area have been notified. The Major Crimes Unit is investigating.

In other police reports:
   March 1: At approximately 11:28 a.m. at Leota Jr. High, a student pulled the fire alarm, bringing police officers and one engine, a ladder truck, and an aid car from the Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District. The student admitted to pulling the alarm and was suspended.
   March 7: A string of burglaries hit restaurants and a hair salon in Woodinville the night of March 7. The front door of a deli in the 16900 block of Woodinville-Duvall Road was forced. Food and an undisclosed amount of cash were taken. A lock was forced at a hair salon in the 13300 block of NE 175th Street. Cash was taken. A restaurant in the 13300 block of NE 175th Street was entered. It didn't appear that any money was taken. A cash-tray with an undisclosed amount of money was taken from a restaurant in the 17300 block of 140th Ave. NE.
   March 8: Overnight, vandals smashed out windows on four vehicles in the 14100 block of NE 181st Place and 13100 block of NE 175th. All the windows of a 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo were shelled; the windows on a 1979 Ford pickup, except on the driver's side, were broken. The driver's side window of a Toyota Camry was smashed. Total damage was estimated at $5,600. The suspect's vehicle is described as a four-door Honda Civic-type vehicle.
   A five-year-old boy's skateboard was reported stolen from a playfield in the 13300 block of NE 171st. The boy said he had gone inside his home for a minute, and when he came back out, his board was gone.
   Between Jan. 1 and March 8, a clerk at a service station in the 14500 block of 148th Ave. NE allegedly rang up "no sales" on his register and then took the money from customers. The owner of the station observed him via closed-circuit TV.
   March 9: Unknown persons entered a garage in the 17300 block of 146th Place NE between Feb. 2 and March 9 and popped the trunk of a vehicle in the garage. A fly rod, rucksack, and fly-fishing reel, worth $1,070, were stolen.
   March 12: A 1991 white Honda Civic was recovered at 16100 Woodinville-Redmond Road. The vehicle was missing tires, wheels, a rear spoiler, and a stereo.