Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Need Help Identifying Suspect Who Robbed A Rite Aid Pharmacy

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s  assistance to help identify the suspect who robbed a Rite Aid Pharmacy in the 100 block of Fairview Avenue in Goleta last month.  Sheriff’s Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division are releasing photos of the suspect  captured by surveillance cameras in hopes that someone may recognize him and assist investigators in locating this individual.
 
On September 9, 2013, just before 8 p.m., the young, white male adult wearing a baseball hat and dark sunglasses walked up to the pharmacy counter and handed the teller a threatening note demanding certain narcotic medications. The Pharmacist read the note and handed over an undisclosed amount of prescription medication to the suspect who then took off on foot.
 
Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene within several minutes of the robbery but were not able to locate the suspect.  The surveillance images show the suspect entering and exiting the store.  He is a young, white male in his twenties about 5’6” tall with a slender build.  He was wearing a light colored baseball cap with a red brim and dark sunglasses which he took off upon entering the building and put on again before committing the robbery.
 
If you recognize the suspect or have any information on the crime or his whereabouts, you are asked to the call the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at (805) 681-4150.  For anonymous tips, call (805) 681-4171.
 
This is the second pharmacy robbery we have seen in Goleta in recent months.  The last one occurred nearby at the Walgreens Pharmacy on Calle Real in Goleta on August 27th.  The suspect in that case, 19 year old Mehdi Benamar of Oxnard was arrested by Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies after he allegedly robbed the CVS pharmacy on Carmen Drive in Camarillo on September 4th.

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