Santa Maria woman accused of stealing $22,750 worth of broccoli seeds

Theft occurred at Nipomo business she had worked

NIPOMO, Calif. - A 21-year-old Santa Maria woman is behind bars after authorities caught her in possession of stolen goods.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says Blanca Paz Trejo, 21, was contacted by deputies on Oct. 4 through social media to arrange a meeting a day after $22,750 dollars worth of broccoli seeds had been stolen from Growers Transplanting Inc. in Nipomo.

A Growers Transplanting employee alerted police that Trejo, an ex-employee of the company, was selling the same type of broccoli seed under an alias Facebook account.

Investigators arranged a meeting with Trejo for a purchase of her posted broccoli seeds and discovered that the lot and batch number of the seeds matched the stolen ones.

Authorities searched Trejo's home in Santa Maria and found the original boxes in which the broccoli seeds had been stored.

She was not arrested, according to the SLO County Sheriff's Office.

The seeds were returned to Growers Transplanting. Trejo faces felony charges of possession of stolen property.

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