Arrest Made in Overnight Commercial Burglaries

Eugene Police Department

Eugene Police arrested a man in a series of commercial burglaries that occurred between last night and this morning. 

Eugene Police patrol responded to a series of commercial burglaries that occurred between 23:53 p.m. on September 21 and 5:36 a.m. September 22.  The first two occurred at Pegasus Pizza and Laughing Planet, 2864 Willamette Street, just before midnight, when an object was thrown through a glass window or door and the cash registers targeted. The next burglary, which was similar in nature, was called in a little after 3 a.m. September 22, and took place at the Friendly Neighborhood Pub, 1601 Chambers Street.  An area check for the suspect was again unsuccessful. 

At 5:36 a.m. September 22 an employee of Safeway, 1500 Coburg Road, called to report someone had just broken the glass doors into Ta Ra Rin, 1520 Coburg Road. Officers arrived and found the glass door into the nearby Papa Murphey's Pizza had also been broken. Officers searched and one officer located a man matching the description from the Friendly Neighborhood Pub burglary. She stopped the somewhat uncooperative suspect, later identified as Thomas Dale Young III, age 39, no listed address, and waited until cover arrived to detain him in handcuffs. Young was found to be in possession of stolen property from at least one of the businesses.  He was taken to Lane County Jail on three counts of Burglary in the Second Degree and a Parole Violation. The investigation is ongoing to see if there are any other potential business victims.