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Armed robbers hit Goleta convenience store overnight

A Goleta convenience store was robbed early Tuesday morning and officials are searching for two suspects.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office says two men entered the 7-Eleven located in the 7300 block of Calle Real around 12:30 a.m. and demanded money. One of the men was armed with a pistol, according to authorities.

“One male reportedly pointed a pistol at the cashier while the other carried a bag to collect the money from the cash register. After they received the cash, they fled the scene on foot,” said the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office in a statement.

The robbers got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Sheriff’s deputies, K-9 units and helicopter support spent hours searching the area, but the suspects where not located.

Authorities described the two men as Hispanic. The armed suspect was approximately 6 feet tall, heavyset, and was wearing a light grey sweater and black shorts.

The second suspect was approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build and was wearing all black clothing and a blue mask.

“Detectives believe the armed suspect may also be responsible for robbing a 7-Eleven located in the 5800 block of Hollister Avenue in Old Town Goleta at approximately 3:15 a.m. on February 19, 2017,” said the Sheriff’s Office.

There were no injuries reported during this morning’s robbery.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 805-681-4150.

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