Patrick Thomas sentenced to more than seven years for attempted robbery and bomb threat

COURTESY PHOTO MARION COUNTY JAIL - Patrick ThomasA Woodburn man arrested for carrying out an attempted robbery and bomb scare in downtown Woodburn in February pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Patrick Thomas, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful manufacture of a destructive device. He was sentenced to a total of seven years and four months in prison.

Around noon on Feb. 22, Thomas reportedly attempted to rob La Caseta De Tarjeta, a money exchange business at 479 N. Front St. He reportedly showed employees a sign which read "please give me all the money or I'll shoot you." When the owners of La Caseta refused to give Thomas any money, he reportedly revealed a pipebomb, which he lit and dropped before fleeing. Witnesses said the bomb emitted smoke but didn't cause much damage. Police did not say whether the device was a functional explosive. Oregon State Police deployed a robot to render the device inoperable about two hours later. During that time the surrounding area was shut off to the public.

Thomas was arrested on March 7 while in custody for unrelated charges. He was charged with robbery, unlawful manufacture of a destructive device and possession of a destructive device. The charge of possession of a destructive device was dropped as part of Thomas' petition to plead guilty.