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Suspect At Large After Bank Robbery Inside Supermarket Near Goleta

Public's help sought in finding man who simulated handgun during holdup at U.S. Bank branch inside Ralphs at Magnolia Shopping Center

A man who simulated a handgun robbed the U.S. Bank branch inside the Ralphs supermarket in the Magnolia Shopping Center near Goleta on Sunday afternoon. The suspect escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.
A man who simulated a handgun robbed the U.S. Bank branch inside the Ralphs supermarket in the Magnolia Shopping Center near Goleta on Sunday afternoon. The suspect escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. (Tom Bolton / Noozhawk photo)

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the man who robbed a bank branch near Goleta on Sunday afternoon.

Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies responded at about 12:15 p.m. to an alarm at the U.S. Bank branch inside the Ralphs supermarket in the Magnolia Shopping Center in the 5100 block of Hollister Avenue, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.

“The suspect simulated a handgun and handed the teller a threatening note demanding cash,” Hoover said.

“The suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.”

Deputies, assisted by a county helicopter, searched the area around the bank, but were unable to locate the suspect.

Surveillance video shows a man suspected of robbing a U.S. Bank branch in the Magnolia Shopping Center near Goleta. Anyone who can help identify the man is asked to call the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department at 805.681.4150. Click to view larger
Surveillance video shows a man suspected of robbing a U.S. Bank branch in the Magnolia Shopping Center near Goleta. Anyone who can help identify the man is asked to call the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department at 805.681.4150. (Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department photo)

The man was described as Hispanic and in his late 30s to 40, about 5-foot-7 with a mustache and sunglasses. He was wearing a gray or green short-sleeved polo shirt, dark jeans, white tennis shoes and a white baseball cap with a logo on the front, Hoover said.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 805.681.4150, or to leave a tip on the sheriff’s anonymous tip line at 805.681.4171.

The supermarket was evacuated for about 20 minutes after the robbery, Hoover said.

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