Suspect in Stolen Vehicle Arrested After Pursuit Along Highway 1

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Suspect in Stolen Vehicle Arrested After Pursuit Along Highway 1
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Update by Lompoc Police Department
October 16, 2020


Crime/Offense : 211 PC - Robbery, 2800.2 VC - Evading a Peace Officer

Suspect(s) : Maurice Antwion Pilgrim, 19-yrs-old of Detroit Michigan

On 10/13/20, Coast Hills Federal Credit Union was robbed by the suspect passing a note demanding money. The suspect left the area in a vehicle and the vehicle was later identified. The vehicle's description and license plate was shared with neighboring Law Enforcement agencies.

On 10/15/20, Guadalupe Police Department reported a robbery at a bank in their city. The suspect fled the area in a similar matching vehicle and the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department located the vehicle leaving the area on Highway 1. They attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle but it did not stop and Deputies pursued it until the vehicle became disabled at the VAFB Visitor Center. The driver tried to run on foot but was arrested a short distance away.

Pilgrim was booked into Lompoc Jail by the Sheriff's Department for Evading a Peace Officer, Robbery by Guadalupe PD, and Robbery by Lompoc PD.

Suspect in Stolen Vehicle Arrested After Pursuit Along Highway 1

Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
October 15, 2020

After a high-speed pursuit, deputies arrested a suspect in a stolen vehicle who is believed to have been involved in additional crimes in Lompoc and Guadalupe today. At approximately 10:30 a.m., Sheriff’s Dispatch broadcast a be-on-the-lookout (BOL) for a reckless driver in silver Ford sedan that was reported as stolen by Lompoc Police and possibly related to a recent robbery in Lompoc.

At approximately 1:15 p.m., Sheriff’s Dispatch broadcast a second BOL for a robbery with similar circumstances that had just occurred in Guadalupe. Deputies responded to an anticipated route of egress, and located the stolen vehicle nine minutes later in the area of Highway 1 and Casmalia Road.

Deputies initiated a traffic stop and the driver failed to yield, leading deputies on a pursuit along Highway 1 towards Vandenburg that reached speeds of over 100 mph. County Air Support responded to assist along with CHP.

As the driver approached the intersection of Highway 1 and the Vandenberg Airforce Base Visitor Center, he continued straight onto Base property. The driver drove over a curb, into a landscape area in front of the Visitor Center, and fled on foot. Deputies apprehended the suspect less than minute later. The suspect, 19-year-old Maurice Pilgrim of Detroit, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle (felony), and evading (felony), and booked at the Lompoc Jail. The Lompoc and Guadalupe Police Departments will be conducting follow-up investigations for related crimes in each of their jurisdictions.

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