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Woman Arrested After Multiple Thefts From Lompoc Halloween Store

Lompoc police show off the items stolen from the Spirit of Halloween store. Click to view larger
Lompoc police show off the items stolen from the Spirit of Halloween store.  (Lompoc Police Department photos)

Lompoc police have arrested a woman suspected of stealing $3,000 worth of merchandise from a Halloween store. 

Valerie Carpio, 42, was arrested on burglary and vehicle theft charges, police said.

The arrest came after a woman reportedly stole multiple costumes and accessories between Oct. 12 and Oct. 24 from the Spirit of Halloween Store at 1600 North H St., Lompoc police Sgt. Scott Morgan said.

After Carpio allegedly began posting the items for sale on a local social media site, the store’s regional loss prevention investigator and Lompoc police conducted a reverse sting, police said.

Police said the suspect arrived at the meeting location in a vehicle that had been reported as stolen from Arizona.

Valerie Carpio Click to view larger
Valerie Carpio

Approximately $3,000 worth of merchandise, allegedly stolen from the store, was recovered from the vehicle.

In addition to burglary and vehicle theft charges, Carpio had $75,000 in warrants seeking her arrest, police said.

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