UPDATE 2:25 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17: A second juvenile was arrested Friday morning in connection with the robbery of a Morro Bay liquor store on Nov. 2, Morro Bay police announced late Friday.
The unnamed, 16-year-old Cambria resident was taken into custody at Coast Union High School where he is a student, authorities said. Witnesses reportedly said he served as a lookout during the robbery.
Both juveniles remained in custody at the Juvenile Services Center.
Original story: Morro Bay police arrested a 17-year-old boy on Wednesday in connection with an armed robbery at a local bank.
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The teen, who lives in Cayucos, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and is being held in the San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Justice Center, according to a news release. His name was not released.
Police suspect he may have been primarily responsible for previous robberies of a cigarette store and a liquor store.
Police received a report of an armed robbery at 4:23 p.m. Wednesday from an employee of Founders Community Bank, located at 310 Morro Bay Blvd.
The employee told police that a male suspect wearing a hooded jacket, his face covered by a black bandanna, entered the bank with what appeared to be a handgun tucked into his waistband.
He demanded money and left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the release. Police began searching the area and found someone driving a vehicle that matched that description.
Officers stopped the vehicle and arrested the teen. They found a loaded handgun in the vehicle, along with the money from the bank.
Police believe he is also connected to previous robberies that occurred Oct. 23 and Nov. 2.
Police are continuing to investigate and have not ruled out the possibility of a second person being involved in the robberies. San Luis Obispo County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 549-7867 or police at 772-6225.