Sheriff's Helicopter Searching More Mesa

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Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

At 11:41, deputies responsed to the 4500-blk of Veija for a suspect who stole a handsaw & was acting bizarre.  Patrol, K9 & County Air Support searched for the suspect. They found the stolen saw at noon & continued to search the area, asking residents to briefly shelter in place.

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1:34 p.m. A helicopter has been circling for about 10 minutes repeatedly over the More Mesa area. No idea why?

1:35 p.m.: Sheriff sent message for certain streets in Hope Ranch to shelter in place! ... Helicopter continues to circle overhead

1:36 p.m.: Sheriff's Office sent out this message, "The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department is requesting residence on the 4600 blocks of Via Vistosa, Via Cayente, and Via Carretas shelter in place while we search for a suspect."

1:40 p.m. UPDATE from Sheriff: "The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department is done with operation.  Shelter in place has been cancelled.  Thank you for you assistance."

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SBLinda Jun 28, 2020 04:10 PM
Sheriff's Helicopter Searching More Mesa

Question: why did SBC OEM use text to alert people of the shelter in place? Why not the Emergency alert or Public Safety alert like they use during fires? Texts are a pretty poor medium for Shelter in Place.

JB86 Jun 28, 2020 04:34 PM
Sheriff's Helicopter Searching More Mesa

CHP finally tackled the guy, after he fled a Sheriff's Deputy (for the second time). He was arrested and booked for 459 PC, burglary. According to officers and witnesses, the individual acted strangely, talking to himself among other things.

a-1593393153 Jun 28, 2020 06:12 PM
Sheriff's Helicopter Searching More Mesa

Which one of the six choppers Big Billy has did they send up? Will he be asking for more as a result of this mission?

JB86 Jun 28, 2020 11:30 PM
Sheriff's Helicopter Searching More Mesa

What is your point? There was one SB County chopper and one from CHP. They were on top of it after the suspect eluded deputies a second time, and called the capture. Very efficient, actually.

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