Man Arrested in Stolen Car Containing Stolen Goods

Following the theft of valuables from cars in Goleta’s Kellogg Avenue and Berkeley Road area on July 6, the police in Santa Paula arrested a man driving a stolen car, and containing the stolen property, on July 16.

William Carroll
Click to enlarge photo


William Carroll

Santa Barbara Sheriff’s detectives subsequently learned that William Carroll of Santa Paula had been dropped off in Goleta, and they believe he then staged a one-man crime spree, stealing property from seven cars he found unlocked. Carroll had gone from car to car, testing doors, opening many more than seven, said Sheriff’s spokesperson Kelly Hoover, and took items as common as phone chargers, registration papers, and sunglasses to more costly ones like a digital camera, tools, and a guitar that had been left behind unsecured.

Carroll allegedly drove himself home in a car that had its keys in the center console. The property stolen exceeded $2,000 in value, and he’s in Ventura County Jail on auto theft charges and will face grand theft charges in Santa Barbara, Hoover said.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Group Sues School District Over Anti-Bias Training

Members claim the Just Communities curriculum is "anti-Caucasian, anti-male, and anti-Christian."

Police Dispatch Whistleblower Claims Wrongful Termination

Bridget Bryden says she was fired after voicing concerns over lowered qualification standards for new hires.

First Baby Condor Fledges in Santa Barbara County

Condor number 933 successfully hatches and flies in the county.

Competition Growing for Available Drinking Water

New UCSB study determines less potable groundwater exists than previously thought.

Gas Company Launches New Conservation Program

SoCalGas asks Californians to 'Dial It Down' through a high-demand alert.