Several Eugene businesses targeted by burglar, police say

Pegasus Pizza, Ta Ra Rin, and the Friendly Neighborhood Pub are just some of the businesses that were broken into.

Posted: Sep 22, 2021 4:38 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – A suspect has been arrested after a string of burglaries in Eugene overnight.

It all started with break-ins at Pegasus Pizza and Laughing Planet on Willamette Street just before midnight on Tuesday. Police said something was thrown through the glass and the cash registers were targeted.

Next, there was a similar break-in just after 3 a.m. on Wednesday at the Friendly Neighborhood Pub on Chambers Street. At this point, officers had yet to locate a suspect.

Then, just after 5:30 a.m., an employee at Safeway on Coburg Road told police someone broke the glass doors of the nearby Ta Ra Rin. Officers arrived to the scene and found that the glass door into the area Papa Murphey’s Pizza had also been broken.

After a search, an officer found a man who matched the description from the Chambers area burglary. Thomas Dale Young III, 39, was reportedly uncooperative, and the officer waited until backup arrived to detain him.

Police said they found stolen property from at least one of the businesses in Young’s possession. He was taken to the Lane County Jail on three counts of second-degree burglary and on a parole violation.

The investigation is ongoing.

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