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Detroit man arrested after police pursuit, attempted Guadalupe bank robbery
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Detroit man arrested after police pursuit, attempted Guadalupe bank robbery

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The silver Ford sedan driven by Maurice Pilgrim, 19, of Detroit when he was arrested near Vandenberg Air Force Base Thursday after a police pursuit and an attempted robbery at Mechanics Bank in Guadalupe, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. Lompoc Police say Pilgrim is also suspected of robbing the CoastHills Credit Union in the 1300 block of North H Street on Oct. 13. 

A Detroit man suspected in a Lompoc bank robbery earlier this week was arrested near Vandenberg Air Force Base after a police pursuit and an attempted robbery at Mechanics Bank in Guadalupe on Thursday.

The incident began shortly before 1:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Guadalupe Street after a man, identified as 19-year-old Maurice Pilgrim, entered the bank wearing a white mask and handed the teller a note demanding money, according to Guadalupe Police Chief Michael Cash. 

The teller handed the note back but didn't give Pilgrim any money. 

Pilgrim did not appear to have a weapon and no injuries were reported, according to Cash. 

Pilgrim fled the scene in a silver Ford sedan, which was reported driving recklessly earlier in the day, according to Zick. The sedan also had been reported stolen out of Lompoc. 

The Ford's description and license plate were shared with neighboring law enforcement agencies, according to Lompoc Police Sgt. Vincent Magallon, who added Pilgrim is also suspected in the Oct. 13 bank robbery of the CoastHills Credit Union in the 1300 block of North H Street. 

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Anticipating a possible route of travel for Pilgrim, sheriff's deputies located him in the sedan less than 10 minutes later following an incident in the area of Highway 1 and Casmalia Road, and a pursuit ensued in the direction of the base. 

California Highway Patrol units and a County Air Support unit responded to assist with the pursuit, which exceeded 100 mph, according to Zick. 

Police pursued Pilgrim, who entered base property, drove over a curb and into a landscape area in front of the visitor's center before ditching his car and fleeing on foot. 

Deputies apprehended Pilgrim less than a minute later, according to Zick.  

Pilgrim was booked into Lompoc Jail on suspicion of two counts of robbery and evading a police officer. 

The Lompoc and Guadalupe police departments will conduct follow-up investigations for related crimes in each of their jurisdictions, according to Zick. 

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The following is taken from the Santa Maria Police Department's calls-for-service log and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office daily arrest log. Those appearing as "arrested" are only suspected of the crime indicated but are presumed innocent.

The following is taken from the Lompoc Police Department's calls-for-service log and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office daily arrest log. Those appearing as "arrested" are only suspected of the crime indicated but are presumed innocent.

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