A pair of brothers was arrested on suspicion of robbery and vehicle theft Monday morning in Santa Maria, police said.
About 5 a.m., officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle on the 900 block of West Mariposa Way. While police were investigating the stolen vehicle report, a robbery reportedly occurred near Depot and Boone streets. Two suspects confronted a man and demanded money before pepper spraying the victim and striking him in the head with a handgun, police said.
Moments later, police were notified about a second robbery a few blocks away, on the 400 block of West Morrison Avenue. Multiple people with a firearm confronted a female and demanded money, police said.
When the suspects fled, the woman noted the license plate of their vehicle, which police determined had been the same vehicle that was stolen on Mariposa Way.
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Officers located the vehicle and arrested the two brothers inside, Jeremy Robles, 22, and Jasen Robles, 21.
Both men were booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges associated with the robberies and stolen vehicle, police said.