Hanford PD arrest man accused of robbery

March 30, 2013 12:21:51 AM PDT
Hanford police arrested a man who they say stole expensive items from a Lowe's home improvement store and Walmart.

Investigators believe Simon Rylaarsdam had been breaking into Lowe's for the past three months. They say he used a torch and bolt cutters to cut cables and security devices on equipment.

Officers arrested Rylaarsdam during a traffic stop. They found a pair of bolt cutters and torches in the passenger seat along with more than a gram of methamphetamine.

The man later admitted to stealing a lawn mower, roto-tillers and a trailer from Lowe's.

Investigators say he also stole eight laptops from the Walmart in Hanford.