Eddie Aldo Martinez-Brito

Eddie Aldo Martinez-Brito

An Atascadero man was arrested Friday in connection with an armed robbery last month at a tobacco shop in Santa Barbara.

Eddie Aldo Martinez-Brito, 22, was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of armed robbery and making criminal threats, said Anthony Wagner, a Santa Barbara Police Department spokesman.

At about 1 p.m. on March 31, officers were dispatched to a tobacco retailer on the 4000 Block of Calle Real to investigate a robbery that had just occurred. 

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male wearing a surgical mask and dark clothing, Wagner said.

The robber produced a semi-automatic pistol and demanded cash and marijuana “bongs,” Wagner said, while threatening to shoot the clerk. 

The suspect fled and was last seen entering a vehicle through a back alley, Wagner said, adding that a security video was discovered in the area and captured a female getaway driver. 

On Friday, while serving search warrants in San Luis Obispo County, detectives located both the male suspect and the female getaway driver.

Live ammunition and a replica handgun were also recovered, as was some of the marijuana paraphernalia taken in the robbery.

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