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Tim Rounds, 44, of Lompoc was arrested Sunday and accused of grand theft after a Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputy found his car's trunk was filled with avocadoes he alleged took from a ranch in the 6900 block of Cathedral Oaks Road in Goleta. 

A Lompoc man was arrested early Sunday on drug and grand theft charges after a Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputy found a vehicle's trunk filled with avocados allegedly stolen from a ranch on Cathedral Oaks Road in Goleta.

Special Duty Sheriff's Deputy Hartley Freedman was patrolling the Goleta area at about 3 a.m. when he noticed a vehicle stopped on the shoulder of the roadway in the 6900 block of Cathedral Oaks Road and contacted 44-year-old Tim Rounds, who was walking nearby, according to spokeswoman Raquel Zick. 

Zick said Freedman noticed that Rounds was wearing a headlamp on his forehead and holding a bucket full of avocados. In addition, the deputy saw a bag of what appeared to be methamphetamine on the dashboard of Rounds' vehicle, Zick added. 

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