String of robberies sweep across Eugene
LANE COUNTY, Ore. - Eugene has seen four robberies in the past two days, and the suspects are all still on the loose.
Over the weekend, three stores were robbed, as well as a woman who was walking down the street. So far, the police are looking for at least two suspects connected to the robberies.
Eugene Police is also looking for witnesses who may have seen the suspects, as well as collecting video from businesses nearby.
With so many robberies all at once and in a close proximity, the big question is whether or not they are connected to each other.
The string of armed robberies started Friday morning at Lil's Deli on River Road.
Police say a white man, standing about 6-feet tall with a 'BB Gun' robbed the store of cash. Officials say that the suspect has wearing a mask, and they didn't get a great description of the perpetrator.
Up next, the Neighborhood Market on Hilyard Street was robbed that same night. The suspect, a white man in his twenties standing at about 5'9" with a handgun.
On Saturday, a woman was held up on 16th and Hilyard; the suspect described as a black male in his twenties, standing six feet tall with a handgun. After that, the Subway on 18th Avenue was robbed by two suspects, one white, one black, both about six feet tall with a hand gun.
"Very well could be connected," said Sgt. Wayne Dorman with the Eugene Police. "Some of them could be connected, all of them, or none of them. It's still too early to tell. We're just kind of getting into the investigation at this point."
Police didn't have any robbery data immediately available, but including these four, we've reported on 11 armed robberies, or attempted armed robberies, already this year.
"They'll have a string of them and then we'll catch them. And then they'll end up going to prison and then they'll die off," said Sgt. Dorman. "Then we'll have another string or somebody else kind of move into the area."
So while police are still determining how many suspects there are, and who they are, they encourage everybody to be safe.
"We don't know who these people are, we don't know what they're capable of," said Sgt. Dorman. "So the important thing is if you're a clerk at a store or something like that, just go along with what they ask."