A 34-year-old Missoula man accused of robbing the Walgreens on Brooks Street last month pleaded not guilty Tuesday at a hearing in Missoula District Court.
Erik S. Deaner allegedly told investigators that he held up the store because he was low on money and needed to pay rent. He was arrested one day after the robbery, on April 5, when investigators identified him based on a tip from a citizen. The caller recognized Deaner in an image that police culled from surveillance video and released to the public.
According to court records, Deaner agreed to speak with police and admitted to the robbery.
He remains jailed on $50,000 bail, but will re-appear on May 11 to request release into the Pre-trial Supervision Program. An omnibus hearing is set for May 18.
Authorities allege that Deaner entered the Walgreens store on Brooks Street and demanded money from a cashier. Police say the man did not display a weapon, but indicated he had one.
According to court records, Deaner told police that he put his hand under his sweatshirt in an attempt to make the cashier think he had a gun with him. He left the store with about $500 in cash.