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Eugene Men Charged With Robbery Of Springfield Lottery Deli


Springfield Police have arrested two men suspected in the armed robbery of Lucky Lou’s video lottery deli last week.

Lieutenant Scott McKee says Waquas Ali Bhatti and James Thomas Tkacs face five counts of robbery in the second degree. 

Video footage of the March 12th robbery of Lucky Lou's video lottery deli in Springfield, around 1am.

Video footage shows two men ordering customers to hand over their possessions at the lottery business, around 1:00 am on March 12th.

“It was escalating to the point that one of the suspects hit a women in the head with a gun during the course of the robbery," says McKee.  "The victims in this case did the right thing, they cooperated and even still she was hit in the head with a gun.

"We’re at least breathing a sigh of relief that we’ve got these two guys in custody.”

A clerk working in Springfield’s Main Street area tipped off police after seeing an SUV that matched one seen at the robbery. Clothing tied to the robbery – as well as meth – was found in the men’s vehicle.

Meanwhile, Eugene Police says Tkacs has also been charged in the robbery of Lil’s Deli on March 12th. Bhatti’s part in the same robbery – plus another one on March 2nd – is also being investigated.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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