Santa Maria bank robbery suspect arrested
December 12, 2011
Law enforcement officers arrested a 45-year-old Santa Maria man on Sunday for allegedly robbing the Rabobank on North Broadway on Thursday. [KSBY]
Officers took James Welbaum into custody without incident in the area of Main and Pine streets in Santa Maria, KSBY said. Officers then searched a North Broadway efficiency hotel where Welbaum had been living and discovered evidence connected to the robbery in his room.
On Thursday, Welbaum passed a note written on the back of a deposit slip to a teller demanding cash and claiming he had a gun. And while most bank robbers wear some type of disguise, Welbaum did not.