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Man uses bomb hoax to rob deli.

Byline: The Register-Guard

SPRINGFIELD - A man used a bomb hoax to successfully rob a delicatessen shortly after midnight Sunday, Springfield police said.

The robber is described as a white male in his 40s with a medium build. He was wearing a baseball hat, a black Western-style shirt with a large horizontal stripe in the middle with a picture of horses, and blue jeans, police said.

The robbery was reported at 12:36 a.m. at Patty's Deli on Olympic Street. An employee said she received a phone call demanding that money be left outside the business, or else a bomb would be set off.

The employee did as demanded and then called police.

A responding Springfield officer located a device resembling a pipe bomb just inside the deli's front doors, police said.

The employee and two patrons were evacuated, several blocks of Olympic Street were closed.

The Eugene Explosive Disposal Unit was dispatched to the scene.

The device did not contain explosives, and no one was injured, police said.

The amount of money taken was not disclosed. Anyone with relevant information is asked to call Springfield police at 541-726-3714.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Aug 20, 2012
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