Santa Maria police have asked for the public’s help in identifying a woman who allegedly stole a large amount of merchandise from a business, according to Sgt. Andy Magallon. 

On Feb. 12, officers were dispatched to a business in the 1400 block of South Broadway regarding a robbery.

Officers learned that employees at the business attempted to prevent the female suspect from stealing a large amount of merchandise.

“During the incident, an altercation between the suspect and employees occurred,” Magallon said. “One store employee suffered a minor injury during the commission of the crime.”

Robbery suspect

Santa Maria police are asking for the public’s help identifying this woman. (Surveillance photo)

The suspect, who did not use any weapons during the incident, fled before officers’ arrival.

Police were seeking to identify the suspect, who was described as a light-skinned woman in her mid- to late-20s with blonde hair and a tattoo on her lower back.

Investigators have asked that anyone with information contact Detective Seth Hall at 805.928.3781 x1308 or call the tip line at 805.928.3781 x 2677 (COPS).

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