Customers dine, snatch and dash in Santa Maria

January 7, 2015

564194_10150728523722234_447817388_nA coupled opted not to pay for their dinner at a popular Santa Maria steakhouse Monday night, choosing instead to demand payment from the restaurant. [KEYT]

Shortly before Cool Hand Luke’s steakhouse closed, a man and woman called the restaurant manager to their table, where they had just finished eating. The customers then told the manager to do what they said and no one would get hurt, restaurant owner Scott Van Pelt said.

Surveillance cameras caught the alleged robbers with the female manager in the back office of the restaurant, where cash changed hands. No weapon appeared on the surveillance tape, but Van Pelt said he believed the robbers threatened the woman with a gun or other weapon during the holdup.

The manager did not suffer any injuries, though.

The suspects escaped the restaurant with stolen cash and additional food that they ordered to go. Video footage showed them driving off in a waiting car.

Santa Maria police are still searching for the robbers, whom they describe as Hispanic. Police are asking for help from the public in identifying the robbers and are taking anonymous tips at (805) 928-3781.



  1. guest says:

    Crime is increasing in Santa Maria and California. Gee, I wonder why.

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  2. NorthCountyGuy says:

    According to Lois Capps, Moonbattery Brown and Zerobama, illegal aliens have special rights that us ordinary citizens are not allowed to have.

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    • unlisted says:

      Everyone who is Hispanic is not an illegal alien.

      Spanish settlers were here long before Anglos showed up. California was, in fact, a part of Mexico before the US seized control.

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      • sloweb says:

        Yes, California did at one time belong to Spain and then Mexico. They both lost it to others. So what? Name one geographic location on this planet that has not changed hands to different groups of people over the years.

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        • OnTheOtherHand says:

          The point he is trying to make is that their are a lot of people with Hispanic surnames who are not illegal aliens. Assuming that someone who commits a crime and looks Hispanic is an illegal alien is an unjustified generalization based on what could easily be considered racist attitudes.

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        • mkaney says:

          That is an absurd and meaningless comment intended to sweep the growth of the American empire under the rug. The vast majority of the planet experiences regime changes, maybe some colonialism, but nothing like the complete domination and settlement by another culture that has occurred under manifest destiny. Not even the Roman Empire did this kind of thing.

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    • Slowerfaster says:

      Au contraire !

      Morons enjoy many ‘special’ rights as handicapped individuals with special needs.

      There is even an “Olympics” where everyone gets a medal.
      It’s a good thing !

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    • Rambunctious says:

      Hey! Dreamers get hungry too ya know….

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  3. Rich in MB says:

    Maybe the robbers were just keyed in on the Left’s rants about Income Inequality and wanted to grab their share of the Pie or STEAK? But how knows….maybe they were just doing a Job Americans wouldn’t do?

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    • zaphod says:

      Dine-n- Dash is an activity that has been enjoyed by urban-juvenile gangs since the fifties.there’s a whole chapter in the history of the In N Out Drive in about this you can look it up

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  4. slojustice says:

    At least now they have a drivers license. This story isn’t all bad.

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  5. achillesheal says:

    “still searching for the robbers, whom they describe as Hispanic”…

    Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

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    • unlisted says:

      Pray tell me why you’re not surprised. Is it because more than 2/3rds of Santa Maria’s population is Hispanic? Or, is it because you think that only Hispanics commit crimes?

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      • Slowerfaster says:

        Racists don’t need an excuse, or care for one.

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        • achillesheal says:

          If calling attention to fact is now considered to be racism, so be it.

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  6. Slowerfaster says:

    SM police are right now planning a stake out.

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    • TaxMeAgain says:

      SM police are right now planning a STEAK out.

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  7. Black_Copter_Pilot says:

    Ah, you just gotta love Santa Maria, never a dull moment

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    • Zuma7 says:

      Exact same type of stories out of Oxnard.

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