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Monday, July 20, 2015

Spokane Valley Man Admits to Robberies Across Four States

COEUR D'ALENE - Brian James Lindsey, 25, of Spokane Valley, Washington, pleaded guilty on July 20, 2015, to 13 counts of interference with commerce by robbery, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.  Lindsey was indicted by federal grand juries in four states between January and April of 2015.

According to the plea agreement, Lindsey admitted that in October of 2014, he began a robbery spree across North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Washington.  Lindsey robbed six businesses in North Dakota between October 22 and 31, 2014.  Initially these robberies were for cash.  By October 28, 2014, Lindsey was robbing pharmacies seeking prescription narcotic drugs.  After leaving North Dakota, Lindsey robbed a Shopko in Sidney, Montana, taking drugs.  He arrived back in the Spokane area by November 15, 2014.  Between November 15, 2014, and January 4, 2015, Lindsey robbed six more pharmacies in the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane area.  The FBI sponsored North Idaho Violent Crime Task Force began to focus its attention on Lindsey prior to the last robbery.  The Task Force worked with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho and applied for a tracker warrant for Lindsey's vehicle.  After Lindsey robbed a Walgreens in Idaho, law enforcement was able to quickly apprehend him.  Once in custody, Lindsey made a full confession to all the robberies.  The cases were consolidated after Lindsey was indicted in each federal district where he committed his offense.  The District of Idaho agreed to handle all the counts since Lindsey was already charged in Coeur d’Alene.

The charge of interference with commerce by robbery is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000.00, and up to three years of supervised release.

Sentencing is set for October 20, 2015, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Coeur d'Alene.

“As demonstrated by this defendant’s crime spree across four states, prescription drug addiction and abuse can lead to very serious criminal conduct with real victims,” said Olson.  “Each individual who was robbed by Lindsey suffered the threat of harm and pharmacists in the area were on high alert during the time Lindsey was engaged in his robberies.  I commend the collaborative work of all law enforcement in all four states that helped apprehend Lindsey.”

The case was investigated by state, federal and local law enforcement in North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Spokane, WA.

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Updated July 20, 2015