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Goleta residents briefly told to shelter in place Sunday morning as authorities searched for a suspect

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Posted at 3:51 PM, Jun 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-28 18:59:36-04

Some residents in Goleta were briefly told to shelter in place as authorities searched for a suspect Sunday morning.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to the 4500 block of Veija Dr. around 11:40 a.m. for a suspect who stole a handsaw and was "acting bizarre."

Patrol, K9 and County Air Support searched for the person and found the stolen saw around noon.

That person, 27-year-old Rembert Greeson, was spotted by multiple people and, identified by a witness, and arrested.

As deputies continued the search, they asked residents on the 4600 blocks of Via Vistosa, Via Cayente, and Via Carretas to briefly shelter in place, but that order has since been lifted.

Greeson was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for burglary.

His bail amount and booking photo are expected to be released Monday.