Time is running out to punish Duckbill Rock vandals

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — In a video that went viral around the globe a gaggle of vandals toppled a pure treasure on the Oregon Coast.

On August 29 will probably be 3 years for the reason that destruction of Duckbill Rock at Cape Kiwanda in Tillamook County was caught on digicam.

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The suspects have by no means been punished however investigators are about to run up towards a authorized deadline to catch them. Even when somebody turns them in, it might nonetheless be too late.

Simply days after he caught it on video, David Kalas and his buddy Michael Kel described the troubling moments.

“I believed they have been simply making an attempt to get a cool social media image,” Kalas mentioned on the time.

“We seemed over and there have been in all probability 8 guys pushing over the rock,” Kel mentioned.

The video sparked a lot outrage, it appeared prefer it wouldn’t be lengthy earlier than somebody, someplace turned within the group.

“One of many guys replied to me that it was a security hazard, and one in all their buddy’s buddies broke their leg on high of the rock,” Kalas mentioned.

“They form of simply laughed it off and took it with pleasure that they destroyed one thing so magnificent and disappeared after, it had no that means to them in anyway,” Kel mentioned.

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The Tillamook County Sheriff’s Workplace helped Oregon State Police examine.

“It’s been a irritating investigation,” Sheriff Jim Horton mentioned. “It did go viral and it was considered by many individuals, and we tried to work with Fb and follow-up on leads of potential folks within the video, we tried to establish folks within the video.”

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The investigation took them to suspects in Portland and McMinnville, however the leads turned useless ends.

The Tillamook County District Legal professional mentioned the statute of limitations for a misdemeanor is 2 years, which suggests as of final August, the suspects would have been scot-free.

If the case might be prosecuted as a felony, then the statute of limitations is 3 years, and there’s nonetheless time to prosecute.​

A criminal offense rises to a felony primarily based on worth, however how do you place a worth on an historical rock formation?

The DA mentioned one other Tillamook County case may present steering.

In January 2010, vandals fired bullets into the lenses of the Cape Meares Lighthouse. One may argue the lenses have been priceless as a result of they have been handmade in France 120 years in the past.

The vandals have been charged with a felony and received a month and a half in jail. They have been additionally ordered to pay $100,000.

However they have been caught.

“I’m shocked that given the very fact there was a video that was considered by so many individuals that there wasn’t a bigger response, extra concrete data was not acquired, that may be very disappointing,” Horton mentioned.

Horton mentioned investigators really feel there are extra folks in Oregon who know who did this.

If anybody has any suggestions, they need to name the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Workplace at ​503.842.2561 earlier than investigators run out of time.

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