Wednesday, January 13, 2010
DALLAS -- Two Washington men were arrested on Jan. 7 by Dallas Police in connection with the armed robbery of The Pill Box Pharmacy.
At about 5 p.m. Thursday, pharmacy employees called police, reporting that a thin white male in his 20s wearing a dark sweatshirt with a hood and a black ski mask had robbed the pharmacy. They reported the suspect had been armed and had stolen an undisclosed quantity of narcotic pain reliever OxyContin, according to a Dallas Police Department press release.
Dallas Deputy Police Chief Tom Simpson said the suspect had a handgun.
Officers found the suspect, identified as George Skurtu, 22, of Bremerton, Wash., after a witness reported seeing a person running away from the pharmacy, located on Southeast Miller Avenue in Dallas. The witness said the suspect got into a white car and headed east out of Dallas on Southeast Monmouth Cutoff. Dallas, Polk County and Monmouth officers stopped the vehicle on Highway 99W, near Church Street in Monmouth.
Officers arrested Skurtu on charges of first-degree armed robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of controlled substances. His bail was set at $130,000.
Police also arrested Skurtu's passenger, Quino Duenas, 22, also of Bremerton, on a charge of hindering prosecution. His bail was set at $15,000. Simpson said he wasn't certain what led to Duenas being charged.
Both men were lodged in the Polk County Jail and the car they were driving was impounded for further investigation.