Spokane police arrest suspect in two armed robberies

Sgt. Lydia Taylor, 509.481.8656

Monday, November 18, 2013 at 11 a.m.

Incident #:13-381193

Days after the Walgreens at 12 E. Empire was robbed twice (11/12/13 and 11/17/13) Spokane Police arrest 22-year-old Steven Prigan for two counts of 1st Degree Robbery. Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives developed information connecting Prigan to the robberies. Last night, SPD’s Major Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in West Central and the Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT) arrested Prigan. A search warrant will be executed on Prigan’s car today.

On 11/12/13 just before midnight Spokane Police responded to Walgreens (12 E. Empire) on a report of a Oxycodone robbery at knifepoint. A K-9 track was attempted but police were unable to locate the suspect at the time. Police detectives recovered video surveillance footage of the suspect. Photos of the suspect were distributed to the public in order to generate tips and additional suspect information.

On 11/17/13 at around 8:45 p.m., Spokane Police responded to another robbery at the same Walgreen’s Pharmacy. In this incident, the suspect was again armed with a knife and demanded Oxycodone. The description of the suspects in each of the incidents was similar and after reviewing surveillance footage of the second incident, detectives believed the suspect in both incidents to be the same person.

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives followed up on numerous tips from the public, including tips identifying Prigan as the suspect. Major Crimes detectives developed probable cause to arrest Prigan. Spokane Police PACT located Prigan last night at a residence at 700 N. Oak St in West Central Spokane. He was arrested and booked into jail on two counts of 1st Degree Robbery. Major Crimes detectives executed a search warrant at the location Prigan was arrested late last night and a search warrant will be executed on Prigan’s car today.

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