Two arrested for armed crime spree
March 15, 2015
Three people are suspected of committing multiple armed robberies early Saturday in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties early Saturday. Police have arrested two suspects.
At 12:22 a.m., the crime spree began in Santa Maria on the 300 block of West Richard Street. Three males wearing dark clothes and ski mask and one wielding a rifle robbed a Santa Maria resident of personal property before fleeing in what appeared to be an older black Honda Civic.
Two hours later, at 2:22 a.m., two 21-year-old San Luis Obispo women reported being approached by three males in ski masks near the intersection of Palm and Toro streets. Again, the thieves, with one carrying a firearm, took personal property before leaving in a dark colored sedan.
At 2:45 a.m., three males wearing ski masks committed a similar robbery at a store in the 100 block of El Camino Real,
Shortly before 4:30 a.m., a Santa Maria police officer pulled over a dark sedan for a vehicle code violation and discovered evidence that the two juveniles inside had committed the robberies.
The two suspects were booked into juvenile hall in Santa Barbara County on robbery charges. Their names are being withheld because of their ages. Police are working to identify the third suspect.