Police Searching for Armed Suspects in Patco Jewelers Robbery
Surveillance photos of armed suspects in Patco Jewelers robbery on August 3, 2019 (Photos: Santa Barbara Police Department)
By edhat staff
Santa Barbara Police are still looking for suspects involved in the armed robbery of Patco Jewelers Fiesta weekend.
Around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, approximately five men entered the local jewelry store at 316 E. Haley Street. The suspects, described as black adult males, forced their way into the secured jewelry store while brandishing a firearm. They were wearing dark clothing, some had their faces covered.
Customers and employees were inside at the time. Edhat readers report that victims were tied up while an employee was forced to open the safe at gunpoint. Although this has not yet been confirmed by the Santa Barbara Police Department, an additional photo shows a suspect pressed against an assumed victim while holding a gun.*
The suspects escaped with an unknown amount of jewelry, cash, and other merchandise.
A lot of questions remain unanswered. It's unclear exactly how many suspects were involved and how they were able to gain access to a secure store. Investigators have not yet revealed if they believe this robbery is connected to other crimes within the local area or beyond.
If anyone recognizes these suspects or has information about the robbery, you're encouraged to call the Santa Barbara Police Department at 805-897-2300.
Edhat will update this article with any further information as it becomes available.
August 3, 2019 - Patco Jewelry Store Robbed on Saturday
[*Editor's Note: An additional photo provided by SBPD depicting a suspect and a victim has been removed by the request of the victim]