Santa Barbara Police Department

  • Agency: Santa Barbara Police Department
  • Address: 215 East Figueroa Street, Santa Barbara, 93101 CA
  • Chief: Camerino Sanchez (Chief of Police)
Phone: (805) 897-2300
Fax: (805) 897-2434

Santa Barbara Police Department is located at 215 East Figueroa Street, Santa Barbara, 93101 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Camerino Sanchez. The Santa Barbara Police Department phone number is (805) 897-2300.

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UPDATE -- Found Safe & Unharmed FOUND: AT RISK MISSING ELDERLY MAN David Michael Ny 73 years old HT: 5’11”, WT: 150 lbs, Eyes: Blue, Hair: Gray Clothing: Last seen wearing a short sleeve light blue UCLA shirt, tan shorts, high black socks and black shoes. Last Seen: 227 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, Ca on Thursday 10/04/18 at 2000 hours. David Ny was last seen on 10-04-2018 at approximately 2000 hours at 227 E Anapamu St (Villa Santa Barbara). Ny recently moved from Fresno to Santa Barbara. Ny is in good phyiscal shape, per his son and they frequent walks at Alameda Park, Unity Church and YMCA. If located, please call the Santa Barbara Police Department.

Wednesday is National Coffee with a Cop Day! Wednesday, October 3, 2018, is National Coffee with a Cop Day. The Santa Barbara Police Department is elated to participate and has secured the upper De La Vina St Daily Grind for the event, located at 2912 De La Vina St. Officers will arrive at the business starting at 10 a.m. to answer questions and interact with the public through 11 a.m. As a background… The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is pleased to collaborate with law enforcement agencies throughout the country for the third annual National Coffee with a Cop Day. In 2016, the COPS Office established the first Wednesday in October as National Coffee with a Cop Day. On Wednesday, officers from law enforcement agencies in all 50 states and five foreign countries will participate in Coffee with a Cop, and we encourage you to join us. One day — and a few cups of coffee — is all you need to start strengthening the relationship between police and members of the community. No agendas, no barriers — it just takes the willingness to sit down, listen, and have a conversation.

Young woman FOUND safe and unharmed. Police continue to investigate the circumstances of her disappearance.

Crime Alert! The Santa Barbara Police Department would like to remind its citizens to please be aware of their surroundings while shopping in local grocery stores and the potential for leaving purses or wallets accessible in shopping carts. A Santa Barbara resident reported today that she was recently the victim of grand theft when the suspects came into possession of her wallet while she was shopping at a local grocery store. The suspects (see attached photos) worked together as a team to distract the victim and remove her wallet from her purse which had been in her shopping cart just an arm’s reach away. Within an hour, the victim’s credit cards and identification had been used at a local Chase Bank branch to empty her bank account and to attempt large purchases at the Apple Store. The modus operandi is well known to detectives and the crews of suspects -- in most cases working nationwide crime sprees -- are difficult to identify and apprehend. The suspects are experienced in selecting potential victims, assuming their identity, and deflecting questions from bank and store employees. After securing a wallet, the suspects usually pass it off to an accomplice in the parking lot who then assumes the identity of the victim for a brief period of time to use credit cards, checks, and access bank accounts for maximum loss -- usually in less than an hour -- and on occasion, before the victim even realizes the wallet has been taken. Do not be a victim! • Take only the cash, bank card, or credit card needed to make the purchase and keep it on your person; • Wear a small purse with a strap that can be worn on your body when you shop; • If you feel someone is uncomfortably close to you or unusually attentive to your activity, move out of the area and report to store employees; • If you believe you have been the victim of a crime, immediately report the incident to local law enforcement and your bank and credit card companies If you have any information regarding the depicted suspects, please contact Detective Heather Clark at (805) 897-2331 or, or call anonymously to (805) 897-2386.

POLICE ADVISORY: Uptick in Vehicle Burglaries The Santa Barbara Police Department would like to inform its citizens of an increase in vehicle burglaries at many of our local parks, including Elings Park, Shoreline Park, and Chase Palm Park Expansion. Offenders are targeting vehicles with items such as wallets, purses, or bags left inside the vehicle. The suspects generally force entry via the door lock mechanism on the driver’s door and steal only cash and credit cards from the wallet(s). The suspects remove the credit cards and allow the wallet to remain in order to provide themselves extra time to utilize the stolen credit cards for fraudulent purchases. This release is only to make the public aware and to suggest ways to prevent being a victim. A list of options and suggestions to deter these crimes are as follows:  Do not keep valuables inside of your parked vehicle.  If you have to lock your purse or other personal property inside the vehicle, please ensure these items are out of view.  Upon returning to your vehicle, make sure to thoroughly look through your valuables to ensure your credit cards or other items have not been stolen.

Police Obtain Full Confession from Serial Robber Aided by Anonymous Tipster On Thursday, September 13, 2018, the Santa Barbara Police Department arrested serial-robbery suspect Brent Thomas Lingiardi, age 19. He was taken into custody without incident, ending a twenty-month long crime spree. During questioning by detectives, Lingiardi, confessed to seven robberies detailing intricate facts about the case that only the suspect would know. A subsequent search warrant executed at his residence collected evidence that bolstered Lingiardi’s admission. Lingiardi, a Santa Barbara resident, targeted hometown businesses as far back as February of 2017, robbing them of cash and merchandise. Last year, he robbed the Five Points Blenders in the Grass twice, as wells as the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at State and De La Vina and the Chevron on Coast Village Road. Earlier this year, he was thwarted while attempting to rob the Five Points CVS. On September 10, 2018 at approximately 11 P.M., a lone male suspect now identified as Lingiardi robbed the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf for a second time. Lingiardi entered the business carrying a bat and disguising his face. He went directly to the back office and fled on foot with the entire cash drawer. On September 11, 2018 at approximately 10 P.M., Santa Barbara Police responded to a call of a robbery that had just occurred at Blenders in the Grass on the Mesa. The suspect, also identified as Lingiardi, wielded a bat and was wearing a mask and black coveralls. Lingiardi is currently in Santa Barbara County Jail awaiting arraignment for seven felony counts of robbery. Police request anyone with additional information about Lingiardi and his activities is encouraged to call Santa Barbara Police Detective Douglas Klug at (805) 897-2346 or

Family Friendly Event: Santa Barbara Police Department’s – Open Porch Community Event: Sept 29th 9-11:30am We invite the public to join us at the Santa Barbara Police Department’s – Open Porch Community Event -- celebrating our community and honoring the legacy of our fallen officers. The event takes place 9 to 11:30 A.M. on September 29, 2018, at the Police Department Headquarters located at 215 E. Figueroa – see attached PDF. Complimentary off-Street parking for the event is located at Jury Parking Lot, 1019 Garden Street. The event will take place on the front steps of the PD as well as in the street in front of the station. Figueroa will be closed at each cross street to facilitate police-oriented community engagement exhibits. This is a wonderful opportunity to interact on a personal level with the agency that serves you daily. Meet our Department! Including Police Officers, Volunteers in Policing, Chaplains, Explorers, Crime Scene Investigators, our friends from the Police Activities League, and more. Kids activities: Explore police cars, motorcycles and bicycles; Face painting, Police DRAGG race care and more. Special appearance by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit (YES, HORSES!) and ceremonial music by the SBSO Pipe and Drum Corps. Here are the specifics: Saturday, September 29, 2018 9:00-9:30 am Ceremony and Legacy of our Fallen Officers 9:30-11:30 am Open Porch Community Gathering/Activities

Police Saturation Patrol Quickly Nets Suspect Wanted for Attempted Rape Monday night at approximately 8:30 P.M., plain-clothed Santa Barbara Police Officers apprehended 29-year old Angel Anthony Richard Sanchez on suspicion of attempted sexual assault and kidnapping. Twenty hours earlier, at approximately 11:30 P.M. Sunday, a female resident of Santa Barbara was walking in the 3700 block of State Street. She was approached from behind by a man riding a bicycle, who blocked her path and engaged her in a brief one-sided conversation. After leading her to believe he had a weapon, the suspect grabbed the cell phone out of her hand and threw it far out of reach. The attacker then pushed her to the ground, threatened her with physical harm, and dragged her into a dimly lit corner of a nearby parking lot where he attempted to sexually assault her. The attack was interrupted by a Good Samaritan who heard her screams for help and drove his vehicle towards the sound. Once in the parking lot, the headlights of his vehicle illuminated the scene. The suspect became startled and fled into the night on his bicycle while the rescuer quickly called 911 for help. Police arrived to find the woman badly shaken, but able to give a good description of her attacker. On Monday night, SBPD Officers spotted Sanchez, who matched the suspect description, just steps away from where the original assault took place. When the officers identified themselves, Sanchez fled on foot. The officers quickly caught up with him and after a protracted struggle, brought him into custody. During the fight, Sanchez attempt to grab a large concealed knife from his waistband. Sanchez is currently in the Santa Barbara County Jail, awaiting felony arraignment for charges stemming from the assault and subsequent arrest. Charges include kidnapping to commit a sexual assault, assault to commit rape, false imprisonment, concealing a weapon on his person, and resisting officers. Police request anyone with additional information about Sanchez and his activities is encouraged to call Santa Barbara Police Detective Douglas Klug at (805) 897-2346 or

Catch A Thief! The Santa Barbara Police Department Property Crimes Unit is looking for assistance in identifying a male subject involved in several auto burglaries in City Lot 02, (Chapala & West Canon Perdido Street) in Santa Barbara, CA on 08/23/18. The pictured suspect was working with a second male, who was described as a Hispanic male adult in his early 20’s, no facial hair, short black hair, acne scars on his face, with a large nodule on his forehead. The suspect vehicle is a Ford Flex with paper plates. If you have any information, please contact Detective April DeBlauw at (805) 897-2327 /, or call anonymously to (805) 897-2386. See surveillance images below:

MEDIA RELEASE SANTA BARBARA, CA – August 17, 2018 The Santa Barbara Police Department has received an increased number of reports involving thefts from lockers at local fitness centers. The incidents involve patrons either leaving their locker unsecured or a suspect or suspects opening a combination style lock that was secured on the locker. Unfortunately, the combination style locks appear to be less effective and/or secure than a lock requiring a key. Suspects are able to open the combination lock without damaging the lock or leaving obvious signs of forced entry. In the most recent cases, the suspect or suspects remove only the credit cards from the wallet or purse. Then, almost immediately they utilize the stolen credit cards to purchase items or gift cards. The suspect(s) leave the wallet or purse behind in what appears to be an attempt to provide more time to use the credit cards for fraudulent transactions. Please be sure to check and review your belongings thoroughly upon return to your locker. If you determine you have had property stolen please contact the Police Department to report it. Also, please keep this possible problem with combination locks in mind when locking any storage unit, carport storage area, or outdoor shed. ### Joshua Morton Acting Lieutenant, Special Operations City of Santa Barbara, Police Department (805) 897-3701 |

UPDATE: FOUND SAFE -- CANCEL ALERT ALERT! : SBPD Needs Your Help (At Risk Missing Adult) Alan Aiches 69 YOA Green jeans, yellow t-shirt, white sweater and top sider shoes Last seen on foot southbound on State St at approximately 1330 hours from Micheltorena Any information Dial 911 -- contact Sgt. DeForest

State Tax Agents Attempt to Conduct Compliance Operation on Egg Vendors SANTA BARBARA, CA - 8/2/2018 Wednesday evening, at approximately 4:30 PM, seven bilingual enforcement agents and a supervisor from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, Compliance and Outreach Program made contact with the Santa Barbara Police Department Watch Commanders Office to announce a compliance operation they executed throughout the day on Wednesday. The agents were officially in Santa Barbara to conduct compliance checks and enforcement on a vendor list supplied to them by financial representatives from Old Spanish Days. Through most of Wednesday they made contact with many of the non-profit vendors with sanctioned booths authorized by Fiesta. However, when the agents were unable to find localized parking, on a whim, they drove up State Street and noticed the proliferation of possibly non-permitted confetti egg vendors lining the 300 block though 1000 block of Lower State Street. The agents say they contacted each of the egg vendors, maybe hundreds, and told them they were in violation of the law, capable of being issuing stiff fines and misdemeanor violations, and ultimate seizure of the elicit product. Those hoping to gain immediate compliance worked with the agents to fill out an online form - others were directed to drive to the Ventura Office to apply for a temporary permit for the rest of the week. They left each violator with literature and said they would be back Thursday to take enforcement action. The Santa Barbara Police Department informed the agents that most of the egg vendors were members of our Latino community, predominantly Spanish-speaking, potentially lower socio-economically, possibly marginalized immigrants, AND any heavy-handed enforcement action could alarm and upset a pre-existing, stable and positive relationship with some of the most vulnerable members of the fabric of our community, not to mention any future intelligence gathering partnerships to solve crime. We relayed that it may sow confusion, in that many might not understand the distinction between a State tax agent and a more daunting interaction with federal authorities. We also informed the agents that at this late juncture, most if not all non-compliant egg vendors did not possess the necessary financial infrastructure to sustain an audit. The Police Department ultimately drove the agents to the City Administrator's Office so that the PD, tax agents, and Administrator's Office could all better understand what was in the best interest of public safety and ongoing festivities. Our Department worked with the agents to establish that this year NO enforcement action would take place. Instead, the agents would pivot to an education campaign to inform future egg vendors on Thursday and Friday, that next year the Tax and Fee Administration would be conducting an enforcement action during Fiesta. In turn, this will give our municipality ample time to work with the community to ensure full compliance next year. Today, a well-intentioned post from Black Lives Matters on Facebook suggested that the agents were fake scammers. We thought it important to inform the public of the confusion.

Welcome Fiesta!

An important heat-related advisory from SBPD

Please take a look at last week’s public comment to our City Council. This individual is a local constituent expressing gratitude for the opportunity to learn more about how the SBPD functions during his ride-along.

SBPD Specialty Units Tame Machete Wielding Parolee Walled Up Inside Apartment SWAT and Crisis Team Bring About a Peaceful Conclusion On Sunday, July 22, 2018 at about 1PM, the Santa Barbara Police Department Combined Communications Center received several 911 calls reporting two men physically fighting in an alley near the 300 block of West Arrellaga Street. One caller reported that one of the men was armed with a two-foot machete in one hand and a baseball bat in the other. The sounds of fast-approaching police sirens ended the melee, causing the primary aggressor to retreat toward a nearby apartment complex and barricade himself inside one of the units. Upon arriving, officers set up a perimeter and started taking witness statements. The main aggressor was tentatively identified as local resident and parolee, Roberto Buenaventura, age 24. Buenaventura was wanted for parole violations and a felony assault warrant from a previous incident. Officers rapidly determined that due to his aggressive behavior and history of violence, Buenaventura posed a significant threat to the community and officers. At approximately 2:45 PM both the SBPD Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and Crisis Negotiations Response (CNRT) teams were activated. Officers conducted evacuations of surrounding apartments and provided shelter in place instructions for residents of other nearby units. A CNRT Sergeant realized that the suspect’s mother was communicating with the suspect via phone, and was thus able to gain communication with him. Buenaventura was ordered to exit the residence and surrender. After a tense standoff, Buenaventura eventually realized he was in a no-win situation due to the SWAT Team members taking up tactical positions outside his apartment. At approximately 5:30 PM, Buenaventura peacefully surrendered and was taken into custody by SWAT officers without the need for use of force. He was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for felony use of a weapon, being a known felon participating in a local criminal street gang, disturbing the peace, and for his outstanding parole warrant and other violations. The incident remains under investigation.

Fiesta Related Enforcement SANTA BARBARA, CA – July 23, 2018 Content: Parking Enforcement During the Fiesta Historical Parade Traffic Enforcement during the Fiesta Cruiser Ride Illegal Food Vendor Enforcement during Fiesta Parking Enforcement During the Fiesta Historical Parade To accommodate the needs of spectators at the Fiesta Historical Parade, the Santa Barbara Police Department will suspend enforcement of 75 and 90-minute curb parking on Friday, August 3, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the areas bounded by the following streets (including the perimeter streets). This does not apply to City parking lots. Above the freeway: Valerio Street on the north, Bath Street on the west, and Laguna Street on the east. Below the freeway: Cabrillo Boulevard on the south, Castillo Street on the west, and Garden Street on the east. All other parking regulations will be enforced. Traffic Enforcement during the Fiesta Cruiser Ride The Santa Barbara Police Department is advising participants of this year’s Fiesta Cruiser Ride to expect enforcement of all bicycle related traffic laws. During past events the Police Department has received complaints from the public about disorderly and hazardous conduct by the bicyclists participating in the ride. Additional officers will be deployed to monitor the event which is expected to take place on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Bicyclists are legally required to obey all traffic laws and violators will be cited, as appropriate. In addition, riding a bike under the influence of alcohol or drugs carries the same legal consequences of driving a vehicle under the influence. The Fiesta Cruiser Ride, also referred to as the Fiesta Cruiser Run, is an unsanctioned cycling event characterized by a large number of participants occupying the roadway. In the past, some of the participants have disobeyed traffic laws resulting in unsafe conditions for themselves and motorists. Traditionally, the Fiesta Cruiser Ride begins in the morning in Santa Barbara’s Waterfront area with participants riding to Isla Vista and then returning to the Waterfront mid-afternoon via State Street. The following are some of the most common bicycle related Vehicle Code violations: · 21202(a) VC: failure to ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb, $196.00 fine · 21453(a) VC: failure to obey red signal light, $490.00 fine · 22450(a) VC: failure to obey stop sign, $237.00 fine · 23152(a) VC: riding under the influence, $10k or more To ensure a safe and enjoyable Fiesta, the Santa Barbara Police Department encourages all motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians to be courteous and to follow the rules of the road. Illegal Food Vendor Enforcement during Fiesta Due to public health concerns stemming from the increasing presence of illegal food vendors around the Old Spanish Days Fiesta parades and venues, the Santa Barbara Police Department, Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department, and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department will be strictly enforcing state and local ordinances pertaining to roving food vending during this year’s Fiesta. Violators may be arrested or cited and may have their property, including money, seized as evidence of their illegal activity. The following is a summary of some of the ordinances that will be enforced; for full descriptions please refer to the respective codes. Santa Barbara Municipal Code 5.32.040, Permit Required It shall be unlawful for any peddler or solicitor to peddle or solicit within the City without a permit issued by the Tax and Permit Inspector. Santa Barbara County Code of Ordinances Section 16-23, Health Permit Required No person shall conduct, operate, or open to the public any business, occupation, activity, or vending machine, whether or not at a fixed location, without having first obtained a Health Permit. California Retail Food Code (Health & Safety Code) 114381(a), Permits A food facility shall not be open for business without a valid permit.

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Thursday, July 19, 2018 Pedestrian-packed State Street Alarmed by Gun-Waving Aggressor Police swiftly disarm rogue bodyguard brandishing weapon On Thursday, July 19, 2018 at about 3:24 in the afternoon, the Santa Barbara Police Department Combined Communications Center was inundated with 911 calls reporting a rapidly escalating road rage incident involving the brandishing of a gun, happening in full view of the pedestrian-packed 1000 block of State Street. Two men occupying the front seat of a southbound parked large purple-toned Lexus SUV verbally tangled with an older male victim who exited his now parked silver convertible two-door Porsche and hobbled with the assistance of a cane towards the two in the SUV. The male driver of the SUV, later identified as Chris Michael Bair, a 34-year-old Orange County bodyguard, continued to yell and verbally threaten the victim. In a fit of anger, the subject pointed a fully-loaded and bullet-chambered 40-caliber Glock handgun directly at the older man, claiming he had the right to do so because he posed a valid concealed carry permit. Within minutes of the initial 911 report, numerous officers responded to the scene with lights and sirens. The first officers to arrive on scene discovered a vehicle matching the description of the one called in by witnesses and took the two subjects inside it into custody at gunpoint. Subsequently, during the course of the investigation, multiple witness statements corroborated that the older man remained the victim throughout the confrontation. Bair was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail for brandishing of a gun and making felony terrorist threats toward the male victim, and remains there on $50,000 bail. Enjoy the post? Follow us on Facebook.

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Thursday, July 12, 2018 Santa Barbara Police Fish Fleeing Felon from Pacific On July 11, 2018 at 3:30 AM, Santa Barbara Police Department Patrol Officers responded to a call reporting a battery that had just occurred at the Amtrak Station on State Street. Officers arrived at the scene and discovered a local unsheltered woman suffering facial lacerations and several broken bones. The victim did not want to cooperate with the investigation. Other people had witnessed the attack, however, and stated that the victim was kicked repeatedly to the point of her losing consciousness. Following the assault, some of these witnesses chased the alleged attacker, who fled to the wharf and jumped into the ocean - a balmy 69 degrees at the time. Harbor Patrol and Santa Barbara Police Officers responded, using two boats to locate, corral, and retrieve the subject, later identified as Casey Michael Lewis, age 35, on parole from an earlier robbery conviction. Lewis swam around Fool’s Anchorage, a boat mooring location just east of the wharf, for approximately an hour before finally complying with instructions to board one of the boats. Following a medical examination, Lewis was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for felony assault with a deadly weapon (his hands & feet), felony battery resulting in great bodily injury, and violation of his parole terms. Enjoy the story? Follow us on Facebook!