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Two Suspects Arrested Related to Cape Meares Lighthouse Vandalism Investigation
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Tillamook County District Attorney William Porter announced that the ongoing investigation into vandalism to the historic Cape Meares Lighthouse in January 2010 has led the arrest of two men Wednesday. The men were arrested in Florence where they worked following the execution of a search warrant at their Oceanside residence the same day. Both have bailed from jail and will be scheduled a future court appearance.
Subsequent to ongoing investigative efforts helped by a tip, investigators served a search warrant February 10, 2010 at an Oceanside residence located in the 200 block of Hillsdale Street W. The following agencies were involved in Wednesday's ongoing investigation and search warrant execution:
  • OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives
  • OSP Patrol and Fish & Wildlife Division troopers
  • Tillamook County Sheriff's Office
  • Tillamook Police Department
  • U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Services
  • Tillamook County District Attorney's Office
Detectives seized evidence related to the ongoing investigation that started January 10th when several rounds were fired breaking 15 windows of the Cape Meares Lighthouse and several pieces of a historic Fresnel lens. Additional rounds were fired into an active Coast Guard light and surrounding equipment. The suspects allegedly drove down a blocked maintenance road in a vehicle to the lighthouse viewing area, and while driving away the vehicle caused damaged a grassy area.

According to Oregon Parks & Recreation Department officials, the lighthouse lenses were very old with much historical value and were irreplaceable. Further review and estimates now place damage over a half million dollars.
Wednesday afternoon, OSP detectives and troopers arrested ZACHARY JON PYLE, age 23, and DAVID REIGN WILKS JR., age 26, at a Florence-area construction site where both men worked. OSP transported both men to the Tillamook County Jail where they were booked on the following charges:
  • Criminal Mischief in the First Degree (Class C Felony)
  • Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree (Class C Misdemeanor)
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree (Class B Misdemeanor)
Both men posted bail and were released pending a to-be-announced future appearance in Tillamook County Circuit Court. Questions regarding a future court appearance should be directed to the Tillamook County District Attorney's Office.
"We want to thank the prompt, professional investigative skills of the Oregon State Police, US Coast Guard Investigative Services and Tillamook County area law enforcement agencies for bringing us to this point," says Tim Wood, Director, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. "We have a substantial, even daunting, task ahead of us, but it is made much easier with continued leadership from the Coast Guard, and help from the Friends of Cape Meares and the many people who have stepped forward to offer their moral and financial support."
About ten miles west of Tillamook, Cape Meares Lighthouse went into service January 1890. The lighthouse lens was manufactured in Paris, France and shipped around Cape Horn up to Oregon, arriving for installation prior to the date the lighthouse went into service.
A reward of up to $6,000 was offered by Oregon Parks & Recreation Department and The Friends of Cape Meares.
Previously release information and photograph links are available on the OSP website at: