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Three arrested after merchandise stolen from stores in Eugene

Three people were arrested Friday after items were stolen at a Eugene Walmart and Target.

Posted: Dec 29, 2018 5:23 PM
Updated: Jan 3, 2019 11:18 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Three people were arrested Friday after items were stolen at a Eugene Walmart and Target.

Police said Friday afternoon, Michael Handy, 32, walked out of the Walmart on West 11th Avenue with a backpack carrying stolen merchandise from both stores.

They said he ran off into a nearby field and dropped the backpack.

A responding officer left the backpack on the ground to run after Handy.

More officers arrived and they arrested Handy for two counts of theft and interfering with a police officer.

Meanwhile, back at the Walmart, police said a Eugene couple watching the incident unfold pulled up to the backpack the officer had set aside, picked it up and drove off.

A helpful bystander had taken note and contacted officers.

Police went to their home and arrested Lucy Rubio, 18, and Conner Cargil, 20. Both are being charged with second-degree theft tampering with physical evidence.

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