January 28, 2023
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Goleta banks robbed


Two Goleta banks were robbed at gunpoint within 30 minutes of each other Jan. 16, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. Detectives are investigating whether the two robberies are related. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken in each heist.

Los Padres Bank, 197 N. Fairview Ave., was held up at 5:30 p.m. by a gun-wielding suspect described as a white or Hispanic man with gray hair, about 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds. He was dressed all in black and was wearing a ski mask.

Just before 6 p.m., a gunman entered Santa Barbara Bank & Trust at Camino Real Marketplace, and demanded money. The suspect was described as a white man in his 50s, 5-feet-10 and 210 pounds.

No one was injured in the robberies.

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