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Bizarre Crime Sprees in N. Oregon Coast Town Include Car Rammed Through Tillamook Air Museum 

Published 10/09/23 at 4:42 a.m.
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Bizarre Crime Sprees in N. Oregon Coast Town Include Car Rammed Through Tillamook Air Museum 

(Tillamook, Oregon) – A series of bizarre crimes took place early Sunday morning in various parts of the north Oregon coast town of Tillamook, involving a few stolen vehicles, vandalism and one suspect turning himself into Tillamook authorities by committing more crimes on the premises. (Photos Tillamook County Sheriff's Office)

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The Tillamook County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) said that at this time they believe the crime spree involved two people and happened between 1:13 a.m. and 6 a.m., but it's possible there's more.

This comes less than a day after another car caused an accident in Tillamook by fleeing from a traffic stop in Netarts, another Oregon coast town which is about 15 miles away.

The investigation into the crime spree is still ongoing, but TCSO said among the crimes was a vehicle stolen from Burdon's towing lot on Main St., as well as several other cars broken into. The suspects used the stolen vehicle to ram it into the glass front door of the Tillamook Air Museum at Blimp Hangar B, causing a wide array of damage. They then abandoned that vehicle and moved on to other destructive acts.

At one point, the pair used a forklift to damage another vehicle on Blimp Blvd on the property of Port of Tillamook Bay.

Adjacent to the air museum property are the offices of Stimson Lumber, where the two broke in by smashing a large window and began using an ax to damage walls, photographs and equipment.

Two semi trucks parked in the area were also broken into, then stealing items from inside. The two trucks are part of the trucking program for Tillamook Bay Community College.

Then, sheriff's deputies found one suspect not far one of the crime scenes in an unusual state.

“One of the suspects, identified as Taylor Hulbert, 28, was found shirtless and sleeping near where the Forklift incident occurred,” TCSO said. “Hulbert was taken to Adventist Health Tillamook Hospital for evaluation.”

Not long after, the situation took on an even stranger twist in the Oregon coast town. The other suspect walked into the lobby of the Tillamook County Justice Facility and began wreaking havoc there, vandalizing photographs and damaging electronic equipment, the TCSO said.

The man then fled on foot but was quickly caught by deputies from the Corrections Department. He has been identified as 30-year-old Ryan Woods, taken into custody with the help of an officer from Tillamook County Police.

Sunday, those businesses hit by the odd crime spree were still boarding up windows, cleaning up the mess and carefully documenting what was missing or damaged.

“It is expected that more criminal activity will be discovered as the investigation continues,” the TCSO said. “There is extensive video surveillance evidence being gathered of these crimes, and TCSO Investigators are asking businesses in the area to check video surveillance systems for any activity that may be pertinent to this case.”

The other incident on October 7 was reported by Tillamook County Pioneer on its Facebook page. According to the news site, a red car with four occupants caused a crash at 3rd and Main in downtown Tillamook involving at least one other vehicle. It all began with a traffic stop in Netarts, where the driver then evaded police, initiating a chase through miles of rather tight, winding Tillamook County roads.

The driver of the red car fled after crashing, running through a nearby furniture store to escape authorities.

Traffic at the intersection was tied up for quite awhile, then when it opened back up it was a 4-way stop due to the traffic lights getting damaged in the crash.

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