Sheriff's Message


No Evacuations Anticipated with Upcoming Storm System

A storm system is expected to bring showers to Santa Barbara County beginning in the afternoon Saturday, March 10 and continuing into Sunday. Predictions for the storm have not changed over the past 24 hours. No evacuations are anticipated at this time. “While all indication is that this storm will not meet the thresholds for… Read more »

Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team Serves Warrant for Wanted Suspect in Santa Maria

During the early morning hours of Thursday, March 8, 2018, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) served search and arrest warrants in the 3500 block of Dogwood Court in the Tanglewood area of Santa Maria. The focus of the warrant service was to locate 40-year-old Jose Garcia of Santa Maria, who is… Read more »

Sheriff’s Office Investigates More Threatening Graffiti at San Marcos High School  

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Unified School District is investigating additional threatening graffiti located at San Marcos High School. At approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning, March 9, 2018, three graffiti messages threatening violence were found in the boy’s locker room.  A student who observed the graffiti took a… Read more »

Custody Deputy Assaulted by Inmate

On March 5, 2018, at approximately 7:30 p.m., while removing an inmate from a housing unit, a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Custody Deputy was attacked and punched in the face.  The deputy and another responding deputy were able to gain control of the inmate, identified as being 28-year-old Thunderhawk Gutierrez of Santa Maria. The deputy… Read more »

Sheriff’s Office Investigates Threatening Graffiti at San Marcos High School

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a case of threatening graffiti that was located today, March 7, 2018, on a bathroom stall in the girl’s locker room at San Marcos High School.  The graffiti message threatened a school shooting on March 9, 2018.  School Administrators became aware of the graffiti at approximately 11:20… Read more »

Abandoned Panga Boat Found on Arroyo Quemada Beach

An abandoned panga boat was discovered by California State Parks personnel at approximately 10:45 a.m. today, March 7, 2018 on the shore at Arroyo Quemada Beach.  Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection responded to the scene. The 28-foot drug smuggling boat equipped with… Read more »

Two Commercial Burglary Suspects Arrested and Third Suspect Wanted

Two Los Angeles residents are in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail, due to the quick response from a Sheriff’s K-9 team, early Tuesday morning. At approximately 4:40 a.m. on March 6, 2018, the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center received a report that a burglary alarm had been activated at Talevi’s Wine… Read more »

Mail Theft Suspect Arrested

A Santa Paula resident is in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail after she was located in a vehicle on March 3, 2018, in the Painted Cave area with a large quantity of stolen mail, stolen packages and methamphetamine.  Some of the stolen property was determined to be from the Montecito disaster area.  41-year-old… Read more »

Sheriff’s Office Requests Continued Grant Funding for ATV Riverbed Enforcement

 The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is seeking grant funding to provide increased patrolling and enforcement of areas where illegal off-road vehicles are being used.  The Sheriff’s Office has received an increased number of complaints about individuals on ATV’s primarily in the Santa Ynez riverbed and surrounding areas bordering the City of Lompoc who are… Read more »

Notification of Inmate Death

At approximately 7 a.m. on March 1, 2018, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Custody Deputies found 60-year-old Henry Acuna of Santa Barbara unresponsive in his single person cell. He was transported by ambulance to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where he was admitted.  While in the hospital, Mr. Acuna’s health continued to decline and at 3:18 a.m…. Read more »

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