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4 people arrested after armed robbery at Santa Barbara Sprint store

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Santa Barbara police arrested four people in connection with an armed robbery at the Santa Barbara Sprint store on Tuesday. 

Investigators say Tafilele Puaauli, 45, and Vaafato Mativa, 34, entered the store at around 4 p.m., locked the employees inside a bathroom, and stole about $130,000 worth of Apple products.

Tafilele Puaauli and Vaafato Mativa

Police say they were able to identify the suspected getaway vehicle on surveillance video and it was spotted a short time later stuck in traffic near Carpinteria.
Police say the men ran from the vehicle when officers responded but they were quickly tracked down with the help of a police K9. One of the suspects suffered a bite wound after reportedly trying to run away. Police say the other suspect surrendered.

Investigators say they found a loaded gun in the suspects' vehicle along with the stolen merchandise.

Two other people were reportedly identified as co-conspirators in the robbery, and Crystal Viramontes, 29, and Mianuel Bringas, 27, were arrested in Los Angeles.

Crystal Viramontes and Mianuel Bringas

All four suspects were booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on robbery, kidnapping and conspiracy charges.

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