Friday, February 23 , 2018, 2:37 am | Fair 47º


Suspect Arrested in Buellton Bank Robbery

Sheriff's detectives use partial license plate to track man to Ventura apartment

Steven Lawrence Morris
Steven Lawrence Morris

Hours after the holdup of a Rabobank branch in Buellton, a suspect was arrested Tuesday night outside his Ventura apartment, authorities said. The amount of money taken in the heist was not disclosed but detectives have accounted for all of it.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Drews Sugars said detectives used a partial license plate number to track down a suspect, identified as Steven Lawrence Morris, 42, of Ventura. Morris was arrested at 8:30 p.m. and transported to the Santa Barbara County Jail, where he was booked for armed robbery, Sugars said. He’s being held on $100,000 bail.

Just after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, a man entered the drive-through at Rabobank, 61 W. Highway 246, and handed a bank teller a note in which he threatened harm unless he was given money. The teller complied and the suspect left, authorities said. No weapon was displayed during the robbery, and no one was hurt in the exchange.

The suspect was described as a black male in his 20s or 30s, bald, with a neatly trimmed beard, and wearing a gray T-shirt. He was last seen driving away in a silver four-door Nissan.

Noozhawk publisher Bill Macfadyen can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >