Ex Santa Barbara County deputy admits bank heist
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) -- A one-time Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputy with a gambling habit has pleaded guilty to holding up a bank.
The San Luis Obispo Tribune (http://bit.ly/1brVFJz ) says 70-year-old Bruce Valentine of Heritage Ranch entered the plea Tuesday.
Prosecutors say Valentine, wearing a Halloween mask, stole about $3,300 at gunpoint from a Cambria bank in November -- then spent $800 at a Lemoore casino.
Casino officials say he'd bet more than $340,000 there since Jan. 1 and lost about $17,000.
Valentine was a deputy for seven years in the 1960s and 1970s.
Court records show that at the time of his arrest, Valentine supported a disabled daughter and two grandchildren on about $3,500 a month -- money mostly coming from Social Security and a military pension.
Information from: The Tribune, http://www.sanluisobispo.com