At around 12:30 yesterday morning, a Deputy noticed a vehicle with suspicious looking license plates parked out front of the 7-eleven on Via Real. The vehicle had paper plates, similar to those found on a new vehicle. The car also had a cracked window. When the Deputy checked inside the 7-eleven, he observed a male exiting the store and a female inside the car. As the suspicious vehicle pulled away, the Deputy attempted to conduct a vehicle stop by activating his emergency lights.
The driver refused to yield resulting in a short vehicle pursuit. The driver drove southbound on US Hwy 101 and exited at Linden Avenue. The suspects stopped the vehicle, jumped out and fled on foot into a residential area.
Deputies and officers from the California Highway Patrol contained a perimeter of the area to search for the suspects. A Sheriff’s Office K9 unit was brought in to help. The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Emergency Dispatch Center sent out a Reverse 911 to residents living in the search area for their protection and to request they report any suspicious activity.
The suspects were not found but due to evidence found in the investigation the suspects are believed to be from Ventura County. The vehicle they were driving in was reported stolen from Santa Paula. Detectives are actively working the case