Public Assistance Requested to Find Pharmacy Robbery Suspect
Goleta - October 3rd, 2013
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance to
help identify the suspect who robbed a Rite Aid Pharmacy in the 100 block of
Fairview Avenue in Goleta last month. Sheriff’s Detectives with the Criminal
Investigations Division are releasing photos of the suspect captured by
surveillance cameras in hopes that someone may recognize him and assist
investigators in locating this individual.
On September 9, 2013, just before
8 p.m., the young, white male adult wearing a baseball hat and dark sunglasses
walked up to the pharmacy counter and handed the teller a threatening note
demanding certain narcotic medications. The Pharmacist read the note and
handed over an undisclosed amount of prescription medication to the suspect who
then took off on foot.
Sheriff’s Deputies responded to
the scene within several minutes of the robbery but were not able to locate the
suspect. The surveillance images show the suspect entering and exiting the
store. He is a young, white male in his twenties about 5’6” tall with a slender
build. He was wearing a light colored baseball cap with a red brim and dark
sunglasses which he took off upon entering the building and put on again before
committing the robbery.
If you recognize the suspect or
have any information on the crime or his whereabouts, you are asked to the call
the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at (805) 681-4150. For anonymous
tips, call (805) 681-4171.
This is the second pharmacy
robbery we have seen in Goleta in recent months. The last one occurred nearby
at the Walgreens Pharmacy on Calle Real in Goleta on August 27th.
The suspect in that case, 19 year old Mehdi Benamar of Oxnard was arrested by
Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies after he allegedly robbed the CVS pharmacy on
Carmen Drive in Camarillo on September 4th.
The Santa Barbara County
Sheriff’s Office contracts with the City of Goleta for police services.
For Media Inquires Contact PIO Kelly Hoover
Business Hours: (805) 681-4100