Suspect Wanted in Two Armed Robberies

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Suspect Wanted in Two Armed Robberies
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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is requesting public assistance to help locate a suspect responsible for committing two armed robberies tonight, December 13, 2018 within thirty minutes of each other. The first armed robbery occurred at approximately 9:20 p.m. at Sandpiper Liquor located in the 2200 block of Ortega Hill Road in Summerland. A white male adult wearing a black ski mask brandished a black handgun and demanded money from the cashier. He fled with several items from the store. Sheriff’s deputies searched the area with the assistance of a K-9 team.

While deputies were actively searching for the suspect, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a second armed robbery that occurred at approximately 9:50 p.m. at City Market in the 5200 block of Carpinteria Avenue. Again, the suspect brandished a handgun and demanded money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Sheriff’s deputies searched the area with the assistance of a K-9 team but were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white male, possibly with blue eyes, approximately 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. In addition to the black ski mask, he was wearing a dark grey hoodie with a black t-shirt over it, khaki cargo shorts, white shoes and black socks.

Anyone with information that would help investigators is asked to contact the non-emergency dispatch line at 805-683-2724 or our anonymous tip line at 805-681-4171. You can also go to our website at https://www.sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip/.

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Crystalandmaui Dec 16, 2018 07:51 AM
Suspect Wanted in Two Armed Robberies

Yes thank god he didn’t use the gun, I know the store in Summerland cashes checks not sure of the other one, but if so, that’s why he hit those. Probably from the area.

Luvaduck Dec 15, 2018 12:16 PM
Suspect Wanted in Two Armed Robberies

Tee-shirt OVER hoodie and VERY baggy pants may mean he is much lighter than he looks. Shoe size may be with multiple pairs of socks. But going further than that: colored contacts, lightening or darkening skin, hair dye/wigs for length--that's mostly detective story. It's rare for strong-arm criminals to think that far ahead or they'd be doing "white-collar" or cyber crime. More profitable, less risky.

a-1563721118 Dec 14, 2018 08:48 PM
Suspect Wanted in Two Armed Robberies

Thank the stars no one was hurt. This robber dude may have an accomplice. That's some pretty slick work. He shows so little of his skin, with those gloves and that ski mask. I wonder if he was smart enough to lighten dark skin and even wear colored contacts? Or is that too out there to be considered?

a-1563721118 Dec 15, 2018 09:53 AM
Suspect Wanted in Two Armed Robberies

"Lighten dark skin"??? Geez, can't accept a WMA would commit such a crime? Oh wait... he's wearing a hoodie so he can't be a WMA. <smh>

yacht rocked Dec 14, 2018 04:41 PM
Suspect Wanted in Two Armed Robberies

Probably just the camera angle, but that looks like a hell of a big handgun. Kudos to the sales clerks for keeping cool.

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