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Gang Member Arrested in Convenience-Store Theft

By Michelle Nelson, Noozhawk Managing Editor | @NoozhawkNews |

Santa Barbara police have arrested a known gang member, currently on federal probation, on charges of robbery and participation in a criminal street street gang in connection after a theft of beer from a local convenience store.

Roberto Arebalo Amador Jr.
Roberto Arebalo Amador Jr.

Sgt. Riley Harwood said Roberto Arebalo Amador Jr., 24, of Santa Barbara is on probation for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act conspiracy and Violent Crime in Aid of Racketeering (VICAR) charges stemming from the Santa Barbara Police Department’s Operation Gator Roll in October 2008.

At 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Santa Barbara officers responded to a reported theft at a convenience store, according to Harwood. Responding officers located and arrested the suspect, Amador, as he was leaving the area on foot.

According to investigators, a man entered the store, took an 18-pack of beer valued at $21.48 and walked out. The clerk and two others followed the man outside, where he reportedly fought with them when they tried to stop him.

Harwood said the victims were able to get the stolen beer from the suspect, who then walked away.

Amador has large tattoos on the top and sides of his head that prominently denote his gang affiliation, tattoos that were covered at the time he was contacted by officers, Harwood said, adding that the investigation determined that he is believed to have displayed the tattoos during the theft in an effort to intimidate the victims and promote his gang.

Amador initially denied having any part in the theft, according to Harwood, but when told he was seen on video inside the store, said, “A criminal is gonna lie.”

Amador was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on the felony charges. Bail was set at $150,000.

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» on 01.31.13 @ 11:48 AM

What is tattooed on his head, oh I know PENDEJO!

So this dimwit was likely on probation (not parole?) because of “prison overcrowding”.  Seems like now we’ve got criminal overcrowding on our streets! Nice going elected officials.

» on 01.31.13 @ 12:11 PM

illegal alien or anchor baby who has no respect for America like mom and dad who broke the law coming to our country illegally.

Time to outlaw and destroy all these gangs and protect our families. The liberals will be upset if we get tough with gangs, but someone needs to lead in our country.

The Democrats are spineless, and let gangs continue to roam our cities like animals. Time to kill them off like roaches and rats who can also harm our heath and kill us.

50 failed years of welfare food stamps and section 8, and this is what the Democrat social experiment produced>>>laziness, gangs, kids having kids, more poverty,anger, envy, entitlement. JFK & LBJ would be sad to see these programs have completly failed, and wonder why they still continue?? Dems want people depemdent on welfare like
drugs, really sick stuff going on keeping people down?

» on 01.31.13 @ 02:17 PM

But all this Mexican diversity is
suppose to be good for us….good for
the country.  Really?

» on 01.31.13 @ 06:24 PM

The dope is on probation, yet he steals beer in front of the clerk, the customers, and video camera.  He wanted to get busted.  Low life of low lives.  What could this dope get in prison that he can’t get on the outside?  I think we all know the answer to that!
Now the working people have divvy up $30K a year for who knows how many years this mental midget will be locked up.  All of the dopes like this idiot have children that now have to be taken care of by the State.  The baby momma can’t work, so we’ll have pay for her food stamps so she can trade them for cigarettes and meth, and we need to house her with section 8 housing.  If he gets 10 years we’re out a half a million or more that could have went for education, repairing our infrastructure, honest jobs, and any number of things.  Thank you Cathy Murrillo, for fighting for the rights of this sociopath, gangbanger, so he can free to bang and chill with his homeys.

» on 01.31.13 @ 06:32 PM

Tattoos can be very frightening - especially on an obese clown like this!

» on 02.04.13 @ 02:31 PM

Wow, everyone is off on this one! First of all it is not the Democrats that want people on welfare; it is the government, so they can go to prison! Do your home work on how many people are there for substance use. Not criminals. They need treatment not punishment & it clearly looks to me that his issue. $21.48 for beer, he is self medicating. Anyone who has had a family member or a friend, or you advocated for someone to get help, than you will really will understand what I am talking about. Do you know of the places one can get help here in S. B.? Do your home work! All S.B. has for so called help is the project recovery or AA or stuck in a sober -sardine- home where it is about $ not help or treatment! All this young man has is the revolving door! I read about that a week ago; check it out   I was shocked & this is a huge issue. Anyone been in jail, knows there is no help from & to a place. There is a woman who works in the jail named Tona Weighfield & she is suppose to help inmates get into a place, well all of the people I have talked to for their loved ones says her directory information has 90% numbers that are no longer in service! & for someone with issues calling that would be a dead end.SAD, but true. I heard the Sheriff gave her an award! For WHAT?

» on 02.04.13 @ 02:37 PM

The information here has charges from
Oct. 08 not any recently. Yet he is marked as a bad person. Stealing is wrong but if it is beer 100% he is self medicating and needs help! Is this the help all of the released inmates wait for? If there is no help, all they have is the revolving door… There needs to be a place where they can get help. Perhaps part of the jail can be donated for that when the sheriff gets his new jail. Where is the help?

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