Two Lompoc residents were arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly driving a stolen car that contained thousands of dollars worth of stolen property, burglary tools, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
Erika Krystal Garcia and Aldo Almanza, both 29 years old, were booked into Santa Barbara County Jail and held without bail. Their alleged crimes occurred throughout Santa Barbara County. The car they were driving was reported stolen out of Santa Maria, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and they were arrested in the Santa Barbara area near the intersection of Burtis Street and San Marcos Road.
Garcia’s charges include vehicle theft, burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine, possession of narcotic paraphernalia and a no-bail Probation Department detainer. Almanza was arrested for vehicle theft, burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, grand theft, possession of methamphetamine, and a felony no-bail warrant stemming from a previous auto theft.
The incident leading to their arrests began around 6:50 a.m. Sunday when a person called the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center and told dispatchers that a male and female subject appeared to be breaking into vehicles in the area of Burtis Street and San Marcos Road. The suspects had been observed pulling on the door handles of cars and were associated with a white Honda sedan that had paper license plates attached to the bumpers, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Sheriff’s deputies responded and conducted an enforcement stop after locating the vehicle. It was then that deputies learned that Garcia and Almanza were driving a stolen vehicle, which they had allegedly been using while they committed numerous thefts.
“An inventory of the car yielded stolen property, burglary tools, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia,” a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said. “The stolen property included thousands of dollars worth of power tools and a large quantity of stolen mail/documents.”
Anyone with information about the case or who believes they are the owner of any of the stolen property is encouraged by the Sheriff’s Office to contact investigators at 681-4100. Anonymous tips can also be left by calling 681-4171 or visiting www.sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip/.