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Police Asks Public’s Help for Identity of Alleged Champagne Thief

Store surveillance video captured an image of a suspect in a New Year’s Day champagne theft at a Mesa market in Santa Barbara.

Store surveillance video captured an image of a suspect in a New Year’s Day champagne theft at a Mesa market in Santa Barbara.  (Santa Barbara Police Department photo)

By William M. Macfadyen, Noozhawk Publisher | @noozhawk |

Santa Barbara police on Saturday requested the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of stealing champagne from a market on the Mesa earlier this month.

Sgt. Riley Harwood, a department spokesman, issued two photographs taken from store surveillance video and said the man in the pictures was believed to have taken two bottles of Cristal Champagne on Jan. 1 and Jan. 9. The champagne was valued at $150 per bottle.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the case is asked to contact Officer Kevin Rhyne at 805.897.2326 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Anonymous tips may be left at 805.897.2386.

Noozhawk publisher Bill Macfadyen can be contacted at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow him on Twitter: @noozhawk and connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

This image was taken from store surveillance video at a Mesa market on Jan. 1. (Santa Barbara Police Department photo)
This image was taken from store surveillance video at a Mesa market on Jan. 1. (Santa Barbara Police Department photo)




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