The fifth armed robbery in nearly as many days has been reported in Eugene.
Police say a man robbed Tom’s Market on East 19th avenue Monday night, around 9:30.
The suspect is described as having a medium complexion, standing 6-foot, 3-inches tall, with a muscular build and wearing a black beanie, navy blue jacket, and black jeans and shoes. The man carried a gun and fled south on foot.
Four previous armed robberies were reported between Friday morning and Saturday night across Eugene.
Lil’s Deli on River Road was robbed just after they opened around 7:00 am Friday. A hooded and masked man showed a gun, demanded money, and fled.
The Neighborhood Market on Hilyard Street was hit before midnight, Friday. One man – a white male in his 20s with a black bandana over his face held up the business with a gun, while an accomplice guarded the door.
Around 2:30 am on Saturday, a woman was robbed at gunpoint while walking near Hilyard and East 16th Avenue.
And two men – one white, one black – held up a Subway sandwich shop on West 18th Avenue after 9:00pm Saturday.
Sergeant Wayne Dorman says it’s too soon to tell if all the incidents are related.
“I mean it’s a pretty serious, intrusive thing to rob somebody with a handgun or a knife. The money that they get is usually pretty small, especially for the risk.”
Eugene Police are calling for witnesses and anyone else with knowledge of the robberies. They encourage everyone to be vigilant, but not confrontational. They say a few lost dollars doesn’t compare to harm or loss of life.
There have been roughly a dozen reported robberies so far in Eugene this year.
Police say anyone with tips can call their non-emergency number (541-682-5111).
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