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Sheriff: Woman spotted going through donated items behind Goodwill arrested

Posted at 3:11 PM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 18:11:16-04

A Santa Maria woman was arrested Wednesday after a deputy found her prowling behind a Goodwill store in Orcutt, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s officials say Erica Woolum, 37, of Santa Maria appeared to be going through the donated items behind the store. They say she was found to be in possession of more than five grams of packaged methamphetamine and several license plates, and her vehicle was unregistered.

Erica Woolum


Woolum was reportedly arrested on suspicion of transporting/selling methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, vehicle registration fraud, petty theft, misappropriation of lost property, and prowling.

Items reportedly seized during Woolum’s arrest. (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office)