News Release
January 12, 2010
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Orting Man Sentenced in Pharmacy Robbery
Robber Arrested by Pierce County Deputy Kent Mundell

JAN 12 -- (Seattle) –– DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge Mark Thomas and the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Jenny Durkan announced that Drew J. Tostenson was sentenced on January 8, 2010 to 57 months in prison and three years of supervised release for the crime of pharmacy robbery and attempted pharmacy robbery. Tostenson, 49, was arrested April 23, 2009, in the parking lot outside of a Puyallup pharmacy. Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Kent Mundell spotted Tostenson sitting in his car, wearing a disguise similar to the one he had worn in a previous robbery. Deputy Mundell made the arrest and disarmed Tostenson who was illegally carrying a firearm. Deputy Mundell was killed last month responding to a domestic violence call in rural Pierce County, Washington.

According to records filed in the case, Tostenson pleaded guilty to using a fake bomb to rob Kirk’s Pharmacy in Puyallup on April 3, 2009. Tostenson entered the pharmacy wearing a disguise and placed a sack on the counter that appeared to hold sticks of dynamite and a detonator. Tostenson demanded all the oxycodone in the pharmacy and threatened to blow up the bomb by remote control if the pharmacist called the police. Tostenson fled with about $3,000 worth of pills. The pharmacy was cleared and the bomb squad responded and determined that the sack contained a hoax bomb device. On April 20, 2009, Tostenson attempted to use a similar hoax bomb to rob the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Puyallup. The pharmacist told Tostenson he did not have any oxycodone in stock and Tostenson left the pharmacy with the hoax bomb. Just three days later, Tostenson was spotted by Deputy Mundell outside Kirk’s Pharmacy and was arrested. Tostenson was armed with a Colt 1911 .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, with the manufacturer’s serial number obliterated.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.