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Posted on: November 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Eugene Police Doubling Down on Shoplifters this Holiday Season

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December 10, 2020

 

Starting Black Friday, Eugene Police Street Crimes Unit began working Retail Theft Prevention at Valley River Center, both Walmart and Fred Meyer locations in Eugene, and Target. The entire SCU team went operational on Black Friday and located the following individuals: 

 

Jake Brandon Campbell, age 30, of Veneta,  was arrested on November 27 at 2:57 p.m., after SCU officers noted he was acting suspicious in the 1040 Green Acres Walmart parking lot.  Officers were able to identify Campbell from the vehicle he was associated with and learned he had an active Attempt to Locate for charges in a 2019 case.  Campbell was arrested on three counts of ID Theft, three counts of Fraudulent Use Credit Card, and three counts of Theft in the Third Degree. Case 19-21616.

 On November 27 at 6:20 p.m., SCU spotted Bryce Anthony Fierro, age 29, in the Walmart parking lot at Green Acres and he was walking in a circuitous manner in the parking lot, looking into vehicle windows. He eventually got into his vehicle and committed a traffic violation soon after. Officers performed a traffic stop and found Fierro was driving while suspended. Subsequent to the stop, officers began a narcotics investigation. Fierro was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine Prior Felony Conviction, Possession of Heron Prior Felony Conviction and Felon in Possession of Restricted Weapon. Case 2019645

 

On November 27 a t6:14 p.m., a man later identified as Jeffrey Daniel Hauger, age 44, of Eugene, was observed in the parking lot of the W. 11th Walmart.  His vehicle had wrong plates on it.  A traffic stop was conducted and the vehicle turned out to be a confirmed stolen vehicle. Hauger was found to be in possession of heroin. The registered owner was able to respond and get their vehicle back. Hauger was cited in liue of custody for Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin. 

 

Since Black Friday, SCU has and will continue to spend several hours per week targeting thefts/and thefts from vehicles at those same retailers.  

 

Previously Released on November 23, 2020
 
 

This holiday season, beginning the week of Black Friday, Eugene Police will be doubling down on shoplifting. 

 

According to Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner, “Between working with loss prevention at local stores, outreach through EPD’s Community Engagement Team with prevention efforts and security tips, frequent patrol checks, and strategic posting of our Guardian Trailers nearby high traffic areas, we will be mounting a strong defense against this type of crime. Our local businesses and their employees have endured enough hardship and heartache throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to have individuals or highly coordinated group of individuals from out of town hit them again in the pocketbook.”

 

In the past, shoplifting frequency increases during the holidays, and there have been incidences of shoplifting teams from outside the local area, who are highly coordinated in their approach to theft. 


This holiday season, beginning the week of Black Friday, Eugene Police will be doubling down on shoplifting. 

 

According to Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner, “Between working with loss prevention at local stores, outreach through EPD’s Community Engagement Team with prevention efforts and security tips, frequent patrol checks, and strategic posting of our Guardian Trailers nearby high traffic areas, we will be mounting a strong defense against this type of crime. Our local businesses and their employees have endured enough hardship and heartache throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to have individuals or highly coordinated group of individuals from out of town hit them again in the pocketbook.”

 

In the past, shoplifting frequency increases during the holidays, and there have been incidences of shoplifting teams from outside the local area, who are highly coordinated in their approach to theft. 

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