Santa Maria police issued a shelter-in-place notice after a bank robbery Tuesday afternoon, but canceled it 40 minutes later saying they had detained a suspect.
At approximately 4 p.m., officers were dispatched to a report of a robbery at Community Bank of Santa Maria, 1421 S. Broadway.
The shelter-in-place advisory, sent via landline, cellphone and email at 4:30 p.m., said police were checking for a suspect that fled from them and urged residents to report anyone suspicious by calling 911.
A pair of law enforcement helicopters also circled overhead for a time Tuesday afternoon, while Santa Maria patrol officers parked at several corners nearby as the search occurred.
Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation also arrived to assist with the investigation.
It was the second time in four months that the bank’s branch has been robbed.
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