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Police lockdown Santa Maria Tunnel Elementary School while search is on for nearby vehicle theft

SANTA MARIA, Calif. – Santa Maria Police said officers are searching for a vehicle theft suspect who fled from police in the area near Santa Maria Tunnel Elementary School, causing the campus to go on lockdown Friday afternoon.

Officers searched the area while the school was on lockdown, and the lockdown was lifted around 1:30 p.m., according to the Santa Maria Police Department.

Santa Maria Bonita School District said that nothing was happening on the school campus related to the police activity.

There were two people associated with the stolen vehicle, and police were able to locate and arrest one of the individuals. The other remains at large, according to the department.

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