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Knife-wielding thieves hit eatery

Incident prompts manhunt — Shortly after incident Monday morning, suspects arrested in the area

Two men robbed Muchas Gracias at about 12:20 a.m. Oct. 27 and were subsequently arrested shortly thereafter. JolliffPhillips

“One of the men was wearing a ski mask and the other had a blue bandana over his face when they entered the store and demanded money from the employee while holding a knife in a threatening manner,” according to a release from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department.

Minutes after receiving the call, an officer spotted the suspects on Haworth Avenue near Marie Avenue who fit the description given to police. When an officer attempted to contact the suspects, one man allegedly tossed aside the money stolen in the robbery.

Robert Thomas Jolliff and Noah Daniel Phillips were detained and booked on charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree theft.

While investigating, officers found the bandana, mask, knife and sweatshirts used in the robbery in the tree line separating Muchas Gracias from the Shilo Inn parking lot on Portland Road.

Jolliff, 29, has an address listed in Newberg; Phillips, 29, has an address listed in Tillamook. Both men are being held at the Yamhill County jail in McMinnville with bail set at $155,000.

Police are requesting that if anyone living near Muchas Gracias finds items in their yard that don’t belong to them, that they call the department at 503-538-8321.

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