Police investigating string of Eugene robberies as if they're connected
EUGENE, Ore. - For the first time since the string of robberies in Eugene, we're seeing photos of the suspects who are still on the loose.
The latest count of robberies sits at five, in just as many days.
The latest target is Tom's Market on 19th Avenue in South Eugene. In all of the cases, the suspect descriptions are similar, but police still say they don't know for sure that all of these incidents are connected.
It's beginning to sound all too familiar; first on Friday and Saturday, robberies at Lil's Deli on River Road, Neighborhood Market on Hilyard Street and the Subway on West 18th Avenue. Now Tom's Market has been added to the list of hits on Monday night.
"There's always the possibility that maybe there is a series, or there could be one or two that are connected," said Sgt. Wayne Dorman, with the Eugene Police. "So I wouldn't want to say that they're absolutely all connected, but we're definitely investigating as though it is."
Surveillance photos show similarities, and in each case the suspects are described as men standing about six-feet tall with covered faces.
In some cases, the robbery was carried out by either a white man or a black man; in others, a white man and a black man working together.
"Definitely in a lot of the cases, they're similar. But there are some discrepancies," said Sgt. Dorman.
Given some of these armed robberies happened in the West University area and the suspects are still at large, now the University of Oregon Police Department is getting involved.
"We've added additional campus police patrols," said Matthew Carmichael, the UOPD Police Chief. "We'll be assisting not only on campus, but in our surrounding neighborhoods to make sure we're safe."
The UOPD has also doubled the number of campus shuttles, plus they have "SafeRide" and other escort services so student's don't have to walk around campus alone.
Police say that should the suspects strike again, it is important to remember that they are armed and dangerous.
"The last thing we want to do is see somebody put themselves in danger and get hurt over this," said Sgt. Dorman.
Two weeks ago, the Dutch Bros. on West 11th Avenue was robbed at gunpoint, and based on the suspect description, police are looking into whether or not that case is connected to this recent string of burglaries.