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Possible Connection Between Local Robber

EUGENE and SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Investigators say a midnight robbery in Springfield could be connected to at least four others.

Eugene and Springfield detectives have been investigating three attempted bomb threat robberies that could be connected, and as of Tuesday afternoon, Corvallis investigators are getting involved, too. All three departments say they responded to almost identical robberies. Three of those calls happened within hours of each other on August 12.

Reports show the first attempt was back on July 29 at a 7-Eleven in southwest Eugene. Then two weeks later, Eugene police responded to similar calls at the Safeway on 18th, and the Coburg Road Albertsons, both within about an hour of each other. But that wasn’t all. That night just after 9 p.m., Corvallis police say someone tried to rob the McGrath’s restaurant using the very same strategy.

“A potential robber called the store manager in each case and told them there was a bomb in the store. He gave them directions on how to place money and avoid detonating the bomb,” said Eugene Police Lt. Doug Mozan.

In the first four cases, reports show there was no device and no money was successfully stolen. However, in Springfield–the most recent–the suspect did get away with money and there was a device in the store, though it was not an actual bomb.

Police say the suspect appears to be a white male between 40 and 50 years old. If you have any information about any of the incidents, the suspect, or additional crimes you think could be related, contact Springfield police.

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