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Police investigating bank robbery in Santa Maria

Posted at 11:24 AM, Oct 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-26 23:30:02-04

UPDATE (4:15 p.m.) – Santa Maria police say the ma who robbed the Wells Fargo Bank on South Broadway Friday morning is believed to be the same robber known as the “Flip Bandit” who is wanted for bank robberies in the San Diego area.


UPDATE (1:10 p.m.) – The Wells Fargo bank on South Broadway in Santa Maria is expected to reopen at 1:30 p.m. after a robbery there Friday morning.

A Wells Fargo spokesperson released the following statement on Friday:
“We can confirm that a one-on-one armed robbery occurred today at our South Broadway branch in Santa Maria. Thankfully, no team members or customers were injured. The branch is scheduled to reopen today at approximately 1:30 p.m.

As this is an ongoing investigation, we can’t comment further. We are cooperating with Santa Maria Police Dept., and are referring all inquiries to Sergeant Huffman.”


UPDATE (11:55 a.m.) – Police have released a surveillance photo of the suspect in a Friday morning bank robbery at the Wells Fargo on South Broadway in Santa Maria.

Surveillance photo of Wells Fargo bank robbery suspect courtesy Santa Maria Police Department


Police ask anyone who may recognize this person to call the Santa Maria Police Department at (805) 928-3781, ext. 2277.


Santa Maria police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred Friday morning at the Wells Fargo on South Broadway.

Police say the robber is described as a man in his 60s, but few other details are available at this time.

They say no weapon was seen.

The bank was reportedly full of customers at the time.

According to the FBI, it’s been more than a year since there’s been a bank robbery in Santa Maria.

Police at the scene of a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo on South Broadway in Santa Maria. (KSBY photo)


This is a developing story and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.