Woodburn man charged in bomb scare case
Police say a Woodburn man is responsible for a bomb scare that shut down part of downtown Woodburn on Feb. 22.
Patrick Thomas, 35, is being charged with first-degree robbery, unlawful manufacture of a destructive device, possession of a destructive device, menacing and first-degree disorderly conduct.
Thomas, who was identified based on surveillance video footage and witness tips, is alleged to have attempted to rob La Caseta De Tarjeta, a money exchange business located at 479 N. Front St. in Woodburn, around noon on Feb. 22. When he wasn't given the money he had demanded, he reportedly dropped the device and fled.
Witnesses said the smoking device didn't cause much damage. Police did not say whether the device was actually an explosive.
Oregon State Police Bomb Squad deployed its robot and rendered the device safe around 2 p.m. that day. The surrounding block was cordoned off during that time.
Thomas has already been in custody at Marion County Jail since March 7 on a probation violation charge from a 2017 sentencing of 36 months probation for second-degree burglary. The charges related to the Feb. 22 case were added March 23. According to the jail website, bail is not allowed.
He was scheduled to be arraigned at 3 p.m. March 26.