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Police On The Lookout For Pharmacy Robbery Suspect

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance to help locate a suspect from an armed robbery that occurred just before 1 p.m. at the Walgreens located in the 5900 block of Calle Real. The suspect walked up to the pharmacy consultation window and handed the pharmacy staff a note demanding a list of prescription medications.  He ... Read More »

Central Coast Bandit Nabbed

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A woman identified as Cristina Fernandez Padilla, 50, of Watsonville, has been arrested for a series of bank robberies along the Central Coast and in Modesto. Dubbed the “Central Coast Bandit,” Padilla is believed to be involved in 6 robberies and 1 attempted robbery. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office announces the conclusion of a multi-agency coordinated effort to ... Read More »

Robbery in San Luis

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A San Luis Obispo man is behind bars after allegedly robbing the Rite Aid store on Johnson Avenue Monday morning about 9:40. Police arrested 34-year-old Douglas Hunt who they say stole a pair of stereo headphones from a Rite Aid store and threatened a couple of employees there.   Police say Hunt, took the headphones and threatened two employees with ... Read More »

Missing Man Found At Gas Station

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On Sunday at about 10:00 pm Salvador "Chava" Garcia was located at the Valero Gas station in Oceano. He’d been missing most of the day. Garcia left a residence at 150 Bee St. in Nipomo Ca He said he was going to walk to the St. Joseph Church, which is about one mile from the residence and then to the ... Read More »

Sex Offender Busted

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Michael George Johnson is a registered sex offender who is required to register as a result of four prior convictions for annoying and molesting children. His prior convictions date from 1990 to 2005.   Over a period of a few weeks in July, Johnson began initiating inappropriate sexual conversations with two male juvenile acquaintances, ages 16 and 17. While one ... Read More »

Suspected “Central Coast Bandit” In Custody

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A woman matching the description of the Central Coast bandit was booked in the San Luis Obispo County jail Friday, just a few hours after officials arrested a woman in connection with an attempted bank robbery and car chase.   50-year-old Cristina Fernandez Padilla was booked in the county jail. She was charged with counts of robbery in Pismo Beach, ... Read More »

Sex Offender Arrested In San Luis Obipso

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A registered sex offender with a last-known residence in San Luis Obispo was arrested yesterday on suspicion of soliciting sex acts from two minors.  Police arrested 49-year-old Michael George Johnson for violations of the Sex Offender Registration Act after he allegedly attempted to solicit sex from minors and dissuade them from reporting themselves as victims.  Johnson was jailed in lieu ... Read More »

Suspected Burglar Apprehended In Paso Robles

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A Paso Robles man was arrested about 3:50 Thursday morning for allegedly trying to burglarize cut open a locked gate to commit burglary at Matheson Tri-Gas in Paso Robles.  Officers responded and found that 46-year-old Kevin Smith had entered the property by cutting open a locked gate. Smith was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail for burglary, possession of ... Read More »

Burglar On The Loose In Ballard

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At around 1:00 yesterday afternoon in the 1700 block of Cottonwood Street in the Santa Ynez Valley community of Ballard, a resident reported coming home to find a subject wearing a bandana inside her home. The suspect was last seen running across the yard. Sheriff’s Deputies responded and secured the area. A reverse 9-1-1 was sent to area residents asking ... Read More »

Police On The Lookout For Stabbing Suspect

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance to help locate a suspect involved in a stabbing that occurred around 4:00 yesterday afternoon,   in the 1500 block of Highway 154.  The suspect is 47 year old Gabriel Nicolas Rivera of Santa Barbara who has had several contacts with law enforcement and was most recently booked at the ... Read More »

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