Prolific thief from Fresno arrested in Washington state

September 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Fresno man with a long history of burglary, theft and arson charges here in the Valley is now in jail in the northwest.

Spokane, Washington police say Troy Baumgardner broke into several stores since May.

Authorities arrested Baumgardner after discovering stolen property worth $200 thousand at his house. They say that's the largest bust in the city's history.

Baumgardner has a lengthy criminal history here in Fresno. In 2010, he was convicted of setting a Perko's restaurant on fire after stealing money from the safe in 2008.

Baumgardner was arrested again in 2011, when he fell through the ceiling of a Fresno cellphone store he was attempting to burglarize.

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