Two juveniles arrested in Greener Side, Hilltop Market break-ins

The two were taken to the John Serbu Youth Detention Center.

Posted: Oct 10, 2019 4:39 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Two juveniles have been arrested in connection with two burglaries in Eugene, police said.

The two were taken to the John Serbu Youth Detention Center.

After a convenience store and marijuana dispensary were both burglarized in the early hours of Sept. 12, the owners of both stores told KEZI 9 News they believed they were hit by the same crooks.

The Hilltop Market burglary took place at about 12:45 a.m. at 3225 Donald Street. Surveillance video shows one burglar breaking in and stealing cigarettes and Juul pods.

RELATED: CIGARETTES, JUUL PODS STOLEN IN HILLTOP MARKET BURGLARY

Then, just after 5 a.m. police responded to The Greener Side, 1553 Oak Street, and found damage to the front of the glass door of the business and to several doors inside. Video surveillance showed two male suspects throwing rocks at the dispensary's front door, breaking it and getting in. The thieves kicked open other doors and left the scene.

The owners told KEZI 9 News the burglars didn't get away with any marijuana thanks to their security measures, but the thieves did take some pipes.

MORE: GREENER SIDE BREAK-IN MAY BE LINKED TO HILLTOP MARKET THEFT, OWNERS SAY

"It could've been a lot worse if we did not follow the same procedures we do every day of locking all of the cannabis products away," said co-owner Chelsea Hopkins.

They estimated the cost of stolen goods and damage to the property to be more than $1,000. Hopkins said they have already fixed the damages to their property.

At the time, Chelsea and her husband, Joseph, said they believed one of the suspects was also involved in a recent burglary at the Hilltop Market on Donald Street.

"They have the same hat, the same sweater, looks like the same build and everything," said Joseph Hopkins.

Hilltop Market co-owner Deepez Vaidya said he believed the other suspect in the dispensary burglary acted as a lookout when his store was hit hours earlier. 

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