A woman suspected of stealing and then selling merchandise from a Lompoc Halloween store was arrested Tuesday night by Lompoc police.

Valerie Carpio, 42, is facing charges of burglary and vehicle theft. She also reportedly had $75,000 worth of outstanding warrants for her arrest.

Carpio is accused of entering the Spirit Halloween store, at 1600 North H St., on multiple occasions between Oct. 12 and Oct. 24 and stealing costumes and accessories. She is suspected of then selling those items on local social media sites.

A regional loss prevention investigator for the store aided Lompoc officers in the investigation, according to the Lompoc Police Department. Carpio was ultimately arrested around 8:46 p.m. Tuesday following a reverse sting in which Carpio was contacted by investigators online and the parties arranged to meet up for a sale.

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Carpio allegedly arrived at the agreed-upon location in a vehicle that was reported stolen out of Arizona.

About $3,000 worth of Spirit Halloween store merchandise was recovered from her vehicle, according to police.

Carpio’s bail was set at $95,000.

This report was prepared by Willis Jacobson. He can be reached at wjacobson@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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