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Robberies suspect arrested

Man walked out of bedroom as girlfriend spoke to police

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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012 12:15 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Coeur d'Alene police have apprehended the man believed to be responsible for robbing a pair of stores last week, after the suspect walked out of a bedroom while officers interviewed his girlfriend at a Cd'A residence.

Christopher Michael Hastings was arrested Friday for his role in robbing Walgreens and Tesoro stores Sept. 17 and 18, a crime to which the suspect reportedly confessed, according to a press release from the police department.

Two other suspects who could have played a role in the robberies have been identified by detectives, police said. Charges for armed robbery are pending on a 39 year-old-female and a 28-year-old male, both of Coeur d'Alene, whose names will be provided if they are formally charged.

The robberies, pulled off by an armed suspect with a similar description, occurred less than 30 minutes apart at the two different stores late at night Sept. 17 and early in the morning Sept. 18.

At Tesoro, the suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. At Walgreens, about three miles away, the suspect only took cigarettes after the store employee did not give him the money he had demanded. In both instances the suspect showed the employees a handgun.

Surveillance video captured images of the suspect, as well as possible getaway drivers, and after the heist police issued a press release identifying Hastings as a suspect.

Acting on a tip, officers contacted Hastings' reported girlfriend, Brandy Thompson, around 11:20 a.m. Friday at 724 N. Seventh St.

Thompson denied knowing Hastings' real identity, the release said. But while detectives were speaking to her, they saw a male matching the description of Hastings step out of a bedroom.

Thompson told the officers that the male's name was Tim, and when officers spoke to the man he denied being Hastings.

Detectives had photos of a tattoo that Hastings has on his arm, according to the release. Officers used the photo to match the inked design on the arm of the man standing in front of them.

"It is a large tattoo that is similar to the Creature of the Black Lagoon that covers his entire arm from the top of his biceps down to his elbow," the release described it.

After more questioning, the suspect confessed to being Hastings, the release said, and a little later, Hastings admitted his role in the robberies.

Police Sgt. Christie Wood said Thompson was not charged with obstruction because she told officers she knew her boyfriend as Tim, and not Christopher Hastings.

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  • heatherfeather posted at 11:39 am on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    heatherfeather Posts: 297

    Ahhh, Idaho Repository! Nothing on Christopher but Brandy is one of the usual suspects: dope, DV, deadbeat, and endless traffic violations. Hastings is probably a loser she met online who took the Greyhound to CDA from whatever rut he was living in.

    Well, Christopher Hastings, you will be an Idaho resident for quite some time now! LOL

  • heatherfeather posted at 11:31 am on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    heatherfeather Posts: 297

    Ha! I actually drove by while robber boy was being cuffed and stuffed! Excellent job CDA Police!

    And...why any woman would lower herself to be with a degenerate criminal? Well...the apple often doesn't fall far from the tree, but I've known too many decent people who feel compassion for these parasites. Must be an infection thing...

  • CaiusCosades posted at 10:07 am on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    CaiusCosades Posts: 380

    I hope the chump change and the cigarettes were worth going to prison for a very long time. Prosecutors don't take to kindly to robbing people with handguns, this dude is going to get hammered. I'm guessing at least 10 years hard time, all for what?

    I would ask this guy, "wouldn't it have been a lot easier just to get a job?"

  • Bob Loblaw posted at 8:46 am on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    Bob Loblaw Posts: 381

    Criminals are criminals because they are stupid. This story illustrates the point perfectly.

  • mister d posted at 8:02 am on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Good job officers, get these scum off the streets.

  • OhReallyNow posted at 7:40 am on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    OhReallyNow Posts: 9

    I am a little concerned that this woman had a man living in her house that was not who he said he was. How dangerous is that?

  • gggggg posted at 7:36 am on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    gggggg Posts: 206

    JW, it is much easier to keep LEO’s out of your residence if they don’t have a warrant but motor vehicles are another story and warrants are not required for a lot of entries.

  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 6:32 am on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    Aren't we glad Criminals are Stupid and never learn, NEVER EVER EVER TALK TO LEOs WITHOUT A LAWYER PRESENT (innocent or guilty). And NEVER LET THEM IN YOU HOUSE or AUTO WITHOUT A WARRANT.

    None of this would have stopped these morons from getting caught, but they could have been sitting in an attorneys office right now instead of talking in a wired room, in hopes that Attorney Client privilege keeps the conversation out of court.

    Good Job Officers, Bad Job Criminals, AGAIN.

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