Atascadero man steals police car for bank robbery get away

August 11, 2012

Phillip Craig Bailey

An Atascadero man allegedly robbed a Chase Bank in Santa Maria, fought with an officer and stole a Santa Maria police car before injuring several people in a series of collisions. [KSBY]

Phillip Craig Bailey, 43, allegedly told the teller at the Chase Bank on Broadway Street that he had a weapon and demanded money. After leaving the bank Bailey attempted to carjack several vehicles before a Santa Maria police officer confronted him.

Bailey and the officer got into a physical altercation which ended when Bailey jumped into the officer’s cruiser and drove away dragging the officer down the street, KSBY said.

While trying to flee, Bailey collided with a truck before hitting two parked cars and a pedestrian injuring three people.

Santa Maria police arrested Bailey on charges of bank robbery, carjacking and attempted carjacking.


Jorge Estrada

If you were to take the side of the liberal driberals, you’d start pushing laws to restrict the use of automobiles because this case has proven that they are not safe, even when issued to law enforcement.

I know this is rediculous but so are many of the claims about the need for more gun regulations. The problem lies in the reliance of tax funded solutions. Simple respect for each other needs to be the given again.


Doh. You just made a good argument for your opponents.

You have to have a license to legally drive a vehicle. That means at least the law-abiding citizenry won’t be driving vehicles without a license.

With guns, because no license is required, no proficiency has to be demonstrated for a person to buy and operate a gun. Therefore, even law-abiding citizens, if they know little about guns and how to safely operate them, have a higher chance of harming themselves or others because they didn’t know enough to even know they should get instruction from an experienced gun owner/operator before using a weapon.

Ted Slanders

“Santa Maria police arrested Bailey on charges of bank robbery, carjacking and attempted carjacking.”

Uh, what about also charging him with hitting a pedestrian and injuring three others? Whatever injury these pedestrians sustained, it should equally be given back to the perpetrator, Phillip Craig Bailey, by the godly edict below since Jesus NEVER revoked the Old Testament Laws! (Matthew 5:17)

“If anyone injures his neighbor, as he has done it shall be done to him, fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; whatever injury he has given a person shall be given to him.” (Leviticus 24:19-20)

This biblical doctrine is just another example of why the concepts in the Judeo-Christian bible should be within our government laws. It would save jail time, lawyers, tax payer money, and judicial court time!


Wow. I kind of get your point, but the biblical doctrine approach is out there. You are one strange dude…

Ted Slanders


Kinda get my point? It should be crystal clear. Such insolence!

Whoops, if you call me a strange dude, then by proxy, you are in fact implying that the Hebrew-Christian God is a strange dude as well. This is because what I bring forth is the absolute and inspired word of this God, whereas, I am just the messenger.

Therefore, you may have committed the “unpardonable sin” of blaspheme against this third entity of the triune godhead! “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.” (Matthew 12: 31)

I’ll pray for you tonight.


I’m sure there will be a long list of charges once the full extent of what happened is known.


…No doubt vying for the esteemed position of Atascadero Citizen of the Year…


He get’s an B for effort, however failed on the follow through.

That said competition this year is fierce.


I must admit that this headline made me laugh. Too bad the story wasn’t as funny, I feel sorry for this cop that got his car jacked by the robber. I hope all the injuries suffered by the Officer and bystanders were minor. No doubt the Officer couldn’t shoot because of all the people around, sounds like he did the best he could under the circumstances and having arrived without any backup.


Judge Roy Bean, where are you?


How long has this guy been on parole? I’d guess that he wanted to go back to prison.

Jack L

Hard to believe this man is still alive. Dragging an officer down the street is an E ticket to the end of your life. Probably too many civilians in the line of fire to take him down with a firearm.

Fortunate no one was hurt.


There were at least four hurt. Maybe you meant it was fortunate no one was killed?


Sojourner of Truth

Santa Maria cops are awesome. They shoot their own and let the bad guys steal their cars. What a great city.


You made the Top Ten Stupid Post rankings, nice job. That was a stupid comment and you should be embarrassed. Go crawl back under your rock and refrain from making anonymous posts that make your tiny insignificance seem better.


Seriously? “Sojourner of Truth” you would last how long patrolling in Santa Maria?

Point, Bailey was caught, no one was shot, hopefully those injured heal quickly.

One of the most serious problems in America today is the spread of bad ideas.


If it is not Sojournor’s job to patrol the streets, the question of how long he would last on the streets is irrelevant.

Considering the history of the SMPD, I think this wave of nauseating knee-jerk political correctness is just plain dumb.

And I’m a liberal.


Enough already!


Please note: This exclamation was not directed at anyone here. Just my opinion of the carp going on in Santa Maria these days ;-)