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CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Cheney police have arrested a Washington state corrections officer in connection with an armed robbery at discount store in Cheney over the weekend.

Jeffery Pool was arrested by officers Tuesday as he arrived for work at the Airway Heights Corrections Center near Spokane.

KXLY-TV says Pool appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Wednesday, where his bail was set at $500,000.

Police say in court documents that Pool robbed the Dollar Tree store at gunpoint Saturday. Police say he tied up employees with zip ties and forced them into the store’s warehouse area with a gun.

Employees told police they believed the suspect was a current or former employee because the person seemed to know store operations. Court documents show Pool worked at the store two years ago.