Theft at Downtown Clothing Store

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I heard on the scanner that a large group of kids went to a clothing store in the 600 block of State Street this afternoon and stole a lot of items. 

This was before 5:00 p.m. and the store was the Volcom clothing store. Initial scanner traffic stated the alarm went off after a group of 10 or more went into the store, took items, and left from the back door. 

It didn't sound like anyone has been caught yet. 

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Byzantium Dec 08, 2021 09:10 AM
Theft at Downtown Clothing Store

It is easy to point to the cause of shop-lifting: the shop lifters. Then move on to the failure to punish shop lifters. This is not hard. Downtown retail cannot withstand this current scourge of unaccountable shop-lifting. Nonsense to claim this is the way it has always been. Because at one time we did have a healthy downtown retail. Then vagrancy, gangs and thefts were given a free pass. And now we no longer have downtown retail - it was not just online shopping that caused this. Online shopping became attractive because of the degradation of downtown retail. Now this same theft is attacking online shopping with organized porch pirates taking their fair share of what you paid for and never received. Law and order, folks, It is the only way we can survive as communities. Set the standards for civic life and hold everyone to them.

dukemunson Dec 07, 2021 09:21 PM
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Good thing we closed schools for a year…

https://apple.news/A5kyfJv8ES7-1MkCUCbhD0w

Good job everyone who supported, championed and celebrated our school boards decision…

a-1638942593 Dec 07, 2021 09:49 PM
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Absolutely! Prioritizing the health of the community in the face of ignorant calls for business as usual was the right call.

FernaldPoint93108 Dec 07, 2021 03:22 PM
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This kind of theft has been happening forever so one can’t really point fingers at the cause.

SBSand Dec 07, 2021 01:13 PM
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I heard this week that we have almost 20 open positions on our police force and that it is hard to find officers because they can't afford to live here. We NEED to have more law enforcement, our high cost of living is a detriment to our entire city and it is creating layers upon layers of problems. It is about so much more than politics! Greed has been allowed to flourish in our city and it is making it ugly. It's got to change but I don't have any solutions, I am just a hard worker who is barely keeping my own head above water.

PitMix Dec 08, 2021 08:04 AM
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Trans, have not heard this is true for our public safety unions. Their unions are too strong to allow this.
If we can't find enough people to take the sworn positions, maybe we need to rethink the system. How many calls require an armed response? Could 1/2 the force be community service officers to take reports and respond to homeless issues? CSOs could be armed with pepper spray and tasers and call for armed response if things escalate.
Thinking creatively will get us out of this mess, Ollie.

a-1638912859 Dec 07, 2021 01:34 PM
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The number of Californians age 65 and older grew from 9% of the population in 1970 to 15% in 2018—and is projected to reach 21% by 2030. Birth rates have declined and are projected to decrease through 2030, meaning fewer younger workers to support the increasing number of public employee retirees. For example, there were two active members contributing into CalPERS per retiree in 2001; the ratio dropped to 1.3 in 2015. Fewer active members and longer-living retirees contribute to higher unfunded liabilities.

Transparent Dec 07, 2021 01:24 PM
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A big part of this is that we have a two-tiered pension system... breathtakingly generous for the old-timers (literally retiring with pensions worth millions and millions) and shockingly bad (with super high pay-in rates) for the youngsters. Read in the tea leaves the future of California.

Channelfog Dec 07, 2021 11:22 AM
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Things change and SB certainly has, which requires changes in us. We will see more "kiosk" type businesses that sell through a grated window after you tell them what you want, which is a loss for the shoppers experience. Santa Barbarans are fortunate to have a plethora of fine, lovely wrought iron window and door examples locally. Examples that one would do well to install in these "new" times. (fire releases on some openings are required)

Luvaduck Dec 07, 2021 10:06 AM
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Identify and apprehend the kid. If under 18, charge parents 10 times the cost of the stolen item and publish initial & surname. If over 18, publish perp's picture, full name and employ them in "Worst Job in the World" type job until s/he pays off 10 times the cost of the item. In both cases, the stolen item is donated to charity if the store can't take it back.

Transparent Dec 07, 2021 10:03 AM
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So wonderful what's happened to California over the last 3 years.

Speaking more locally about our beloved Santa Barbara. I beg you all to go visit Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Oakland, or San Jose if you haven't recently. We just cannot keep chasing the policies those places have embraced. The results are clear, and they are disastrous.

If you skew conservative, I beg you to embrace police reform that doesn't necessarily mean *fire them all!" and the need to reform our justice system. If you skew liberal, I beg you to embrace the idea that you will soon be LOSING to conservatives even in far-left California if you don't start dealing with some tough realities. So long as the liberal cities look like Mad Max Thunderdomes, it's gonna be hard to win over the electorate that you are about humane and effective change.

Babycakes Dec 07, 2021 08:52 AM
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We can expect more and more of this in SB, which is the same as what is happening in cities coast to coast. LA and SF are totally out of control. Companies like Walgreens are shutting down dozens of stores in the SF area due to theft, and places like 'Hilda and Jesse' in the North Beach area of SF is kicking out officers who are eating at their restaurant. Hilda and Jesse Restaurant is now trying to backtrack, but it looks like they.....shot themselves in the cash register.

sacjon Dec 08, 2021 09:47 AM
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BABY - That IS ridiculous. This is not due to covid. This is, as I said, due to far left policies on crime and a lot of bored and short-minded youths. Smart kids and kids who are busy with sports, academics, music, etc don't do this stuff. It's time to invest more into our kids. It is shameful that in a country this great and mighty, our public education is so unimportant to the purse holders in Congress. ALL kids, regardless of income, should have a quality education.

dukemunson Dec 08, 2021 09:06 AM
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You would be uncomfortable eating at a restaurant with a cop who is carrying a gun? Seriously???

SantaBarbaraObserver Dec 08, 2021 08:55 AM
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Everyday, without fail, you come here and showcase your true colors and capabilities.

Babycakes Dec 08, 2021 08:26 AM
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The Surgeon General and the White House are blaming the huge uptick in crime amongst "teen agers" on Covid. So, the reason for the smash-and-grabs robberies by these criminals is due to Covid. And they expect a-n-y-o-n-e to believe this??? Ree-deeq-U-luss!

doulie Dec 07, 2021 09:53 PM
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Bigugly - You say in the restaurant you would have been uncomfortable with cops in there "ammo'd up" with their "level of gun power and weaponry." Did you stop and think you might be safer inside a restaurant with a cop car parked outside and a cop seated inside? Do you think you could ever talk to the cop to see how everything is going? No way, not you, they have too much "weaponry." What do you suggest doing to "demilitarize the police?" My word, the cop in the restaurant probably had one handgun with extra magazines and a taser. It's your kind of thinking with idiots in charge of cities, big and small that are listing record increases in crime. This type of theft from the clothing store is just the beginning of what's to come and worse without police. You are correct, "civilians" are not the enemy unless they are involved in a criminal activity. One day you may (with or without police presence) be the victim of a crime. But then, don't call them "ammo'd up" cops with all their "gun power" as they will probably add to your discomfort.

a-1638932394 Dec 07, 2021 06:59 PM
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For all the poor babies burdened by wearing a mask:

https://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/regional-news/new-chewing-gum-can-kill-covid-19-particles-in-your-mouth-reducing-virus-spread-philadephia-study-finds/

sacjon Dec 07, 2021 06:44 PM
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VOICE - it's not "personal medical information," it's a confirmation and date of vaccination. This has been required in schools, the military, overseas government employment, etc. This is not new, nor is it some "violation" of privacy or liberty.

To equate requiring proof of vaccination in some businesses, employment, etc to a violation of the liberties and freedoms our servicemembers have died for is an affront to their service and flat out hysteria.

Voice of Reason Dec 07, 2021 05:11 PM
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As it relates to mask mandates, no. The government forcing you turn over your personal medical information to a random business, absolutely yes. But each business, if they choose, does have the right to refuse service if you're not wearing a mask or not vaccinated (or just refuse to show proof)... that's called freedom. Or, in the anecdotal case that pops up on the "news" every now and then, they have the right to refuse service if you're wearing a mask.

Chip of SB Dec 07, 2021 04:47 PM
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In california, a business can be punished for failing to enforce mask and vaccine passport regulations. In Florida, a business can be punished for enforcing mask or vaccine passport requirements. Completely opposite approaches. Are both states guilty of government overreach?

a-1638923937 Dec 07, 2021 04:38 PM
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VOR's position, unless he's continuing to fib, is that what he "types" into a comment box is not what he "says".

Voice of Reason Dec 07, 2021 04:23 PM
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No Sac. Many of the restrictions/mandates have been, or are currently, governmental overreach and a violation of individual freedoms and liberties, but mask ordinances aren't one of them.

sacjon Dec 07, 2021 03:50 PM
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VOICE - reread you 1:11 comment. Your whole argument against the covid restrictions/rules is that they're overreach by a government trying to control us. I'm hardly putting any words in your mouth.

Voice of Reason Dec 07, 2021 03:37 PM
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I have not once said that. When I point out the errors in your statement you often put words in my mouth in rebuttal. Please feel free to dig through the old comments to prove me wrong.

sacjon Dec 07, 2021 03:22 PM
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VOICE - you've said many times here that forcing people to wear masks is tyrannical, for lack of a better word. Stop lying.

Voice of Reason Dec 07, 2021 03:19 PM
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Masks equaling tyranny is your own construct. Do not confuse my strong skepticism on the effectiveness of masks, particularly on young children, with the actual governmental overreach and very real encroachment on our freedoms and liberties that has occurred. There is a long list of high-level court decisions, at both the state and federal level, to back this up.

Voice of Reason Dec 07, 2021 02:59 PM
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@2:29 no one said anything about masks, and most active duty servicemen and veterans would strongly disagree with you. Your, and several others here, continued association of masks as going against our freedoms shows how well you've been misled and how blind you are to the actual encroachments on our freedoms over the past 18 months.

a-1638917640 Dec 07, 2021 02:54 PM
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1:11 - Yeah, it's a good thing the people who embody the true values of this country voted that moron out of office. It's too bad he duped so many with weak minds that he still remains as a threat of dictatorship.

a-1638917626 Dec 07, 2021 02:53 PM
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1:11 - Yeah, it's a good thing the people who embody the true values of this country voted that moron out of office. It's too bad he duped so many with weak minds that he still remains as a threat of dictatorship.

sacjon Dec 07, 2021 02:29 PM
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1:11 VOICE - Dude that's straight up disrespectful to the millions of American servicemembers who have died fighting for our country throughout history. Our "ancestors fought and died" so you didn't have to wear a mask when you go to a store during a pandemic? That's pathetically false and simple minded.

Babycakes Dec 07, 2021 02:16 PM
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BUS: The owners have backtracked and apologized profusely for their actions toward the police. They've admitted that they made a horrible mistake to ask LE to leave their business. I take them at their word, and will support their business the next time I return to the Bay Area. People make mistakes and should not be put in the dog house due to their mistake....no matter how bad it was (such as in this case). Unfortunately, not everyone is so forgiving and their reviews have been horrible since their mistake. Oh well, live and learn I suppose.

a-1638911484 Dec 07, 2021 01:11 PM
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Careful BigUgly, we're about 1 variant away from a police state. If it wasn't for half this country appreciating the freedoms our ancestors fought and died for we'd already be there.

biguglystick Dec 07, 2021 12:46 PM
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I think the owners of Hilda and Jesse were 100% RIGHT in asking the cops to leave if they were going to be ammo'd up as much as they are. They are NOT military, and this is not a police state. If I were dining there, I would have been uncomfortable with that level of gun power and weaponry on these cops. IT's JUST WRONG. Demilitarize the police. The civilians are NOT the enemy and they (the cops) are NOT the military.

sacjon Dec 07, 2021 09:42 AM
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BABY - Wow. That was an Olympian level deflection and about face lol! No, not talking about violence in general. You asked for examples, I provided them. I'm neither worried nor emotional, just providing the facts you asked for and now you completely change direction. OK, it's cool. I know there is more violence in general now, I agree, but that's not what we were talking about now was it?

Again though, far right and far left fanatics are what's dragging us down. The far right and its violence, the far left and its over obsession with wokeness.

Babycakes Dec 07, 2021 09:35 AM
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SacJon: I wouldn't worry about it too much or get emotional, the fact is that violence is all around us. Think about the Eastside vs Westside conflict in SB....do you think they think in terms of left/right? Have you been held at knifepoint on your way home from the store (Foodland in my case) and had your purse and groceries stolen? If so, then you know what I'm talking about. I can't even come within two blocks of Bohnett Park any longer. Welcome to the new norm.

Babycakes Dec 07, 2021 09:29 AM
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The argument is lost when one confuses 'difference of opinion' with 'propaganda' and then throws the 'intellectually challenged' shade on those who disagree wit chew. Why be a tosser when you can be a hero?

SantaBarbaraObserver Dec 07, 2021 09:23 AM
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Unfortunately, for the intellectually challenged, propaganda continues to work very well...

sacjon Dec 07, 2021 09:07 AM
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BABYCAKES - this is a perfect example of how ridiculous the far left can be. I'm a liberal, but I think the far left is almost as dangerous as the far right. Only reason the far right still wins is the obsession with violence and praising people who kill unarmed people, self defense or not.

mp805 Dec 07, 2021 08:25 AM
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Under Proposition 47, The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act passed in 2014, shoplifting charges regarding the theft of $950 or less were lowered from felonies to misdemeanors. Just like the other day, if caught they looters will walk, there is no deterrent for this not getting worse.

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