Federal Way man gets 10 years for pharmacy robberies

A Federal Way man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison today in connection with a series of pharmacy robberies between Portland and Lynnwood.

Derekye Maurice Bolar was convicted of seven counts of pharmacy robbery, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle reported.

Investigators suspected Bolar in 15 pharmacy robberies between March 2008 and April 2009. The robberies occurred along the I-5 corridor, including in Seattle, Puyallup, Kirkland, Bellevue, Renton and Lynnwood. In each incident, Bolar stole large amounts of Oxycontin. Sometimes, he pointed a gun at the pharmacist.

After a robbery in Bellevue, Bolar's picture was released and shown on Washington's Most Wanted. A viewer recognized him and called law enforcement with an address. Bolar was arrested in April 2009.

During today's sentencing, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik noted the robberies were "severely traumatic events for the people in the store," the U.S. Attorney's Office reported.

In addition to 10 years in prison, Bolar was ordered to be under supervised release for five years.