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Coupeville drugstore robber still eludes capture

An armed robber who held up Coupeville Linds Pharmacy at gunpoint Jan. 4 for a backpack full of OxyContin remains at large.

The Island County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive a steady stream of tips, but they just don’t lead anywhere, said Det. Sgt. Mike Beech. Regardless, the sheriff’s office continues to investigate every angle and has even contacted nearby departments about similar thefts.

“I’ve run down so many tips I have a headache,” Beech said.

Last Wednesday, ICOM fielded a report of a group of suspicious men walking toward the forested area behind Linds. It turned out the men were all badge-carrying law enforcement officers, said Beech, who was with the posse as they searched the area for evidence that may have been missed in the initial sweep.

Linds general manager Adam Lind said the store’s loss is about “$6,000 or $7,000.”

The street value of the drug is much higher, according to Beech. On Whidbey Island, OxyContin sells for roughly $1 per milligram, but dealers offer discounted prices on bulk purchases.

OxyContin has emerged as a heroin replacement in the last year and a half, Beech said, although the problem isn’t like the 1970s when addicts injected the drug. Today’s OxyContin junkies grind the pills into a powder and smoke it.

The robber is described as a while male 15 to 25 years of age, about 5-feet, 6-inches tall with a thin build. He wore black tennis shoes, dark-grey sweat pants, a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt and black three-hole ski mask during the heist.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery should contact Detective Sgt. Mike Beech of the Island County Sheriff’s Office, 678-4422, or call 911. Anonymous tips may be left with the Island County Tip Line at 679-7319.

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