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Byline: Chelsea Gorrow The Register-Guard

SPRINGFIELD - The Burrito Boy restaurant on Olympic Street was robbed at gunpoint over the weekend and the robber is still on the loose, police said Monday.

The armed robbery is at least the fourth to have occurred at a fast-food eatery in the Eugene-Springfield area in the past month. The robber in three of the four crimes is described as heavyset.

In the Burrito Boy robbery, detectives are looking for a blue-eyed man, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 250 pounds. He was clean-shaven and had medium-length blond hair showing from under a dark gray stocking cap, police said.

The robber was wearing jeans and a dark gray zipped, hooded sweatshirt.

At 10:17 a.m. Saturday, a man walked into the restaurant and looked at the menu for some time before placing his order, police said. After ordering food, he pulled out a gun, pointed it at an employee and demanded money, police said.

He was last seen headed west from the restaurant, according to witnesses at the scene.

Springfield police Sgt. Rich Charboneau said it's unclear whether the armed robbery is related to others that have occurred at fast-food restaurants in Eugene in recent weeks, including one at a Little Caesars on Green Acres Road on Thursday afternoon.

"This time of year, it is not unusual to have an uptick in robberies and burglaries," he said. "My guess is the holidays. Restaurants have more money, people's cars are filled with gifts, people's homes are filled with presents. And people are in need of money. For criminals, that's how they get their money."

The robber at Little Caesars took a pizza and cash at gunpoint before fleeing. That robber was described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and 230 pounds, leaving in a red "boxy" Nissan Sentra.

In the past month, a Subway restaurant and a Big Town Hero sandwich shop, both in Eugene, also were robbed at gunpoint.

In those two incidents, the robber was described as between 5 feet 8 and 6 feet tall, Eugene police have said. At Big Town Hero, the robber was described as weighing about 200 pounds. In the Subway incident, no weight description was provided.

Follow Chelsea on Twitter @chelseagorrow. Email chelsea.gorrow@registerguard.com.

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Title Annotation:Crime; The Burrito Boy on Springfield's Olympic Street is the latest in a string of local heists
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Dec 16, 2014
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