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Stolen welder sought after suspected thief caught

Andrew Ryan Tambert
Andrew Ryan Tambert Placer County Sheriff’s Office

The Placer County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help in locating an expensive welder that was stolen from a business near Rocklin.

Andrew Ryan Tambert, 38, has been arrested in connection with the theft, which occurred Sunday, but the welder, valued at $11,300, has not been located, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

The welder was taken during a crime spree that began about 10:30 p.m. Saturday when Tambert was seen on surveillance video entering the business’ equipment yard. Minutes later, the video shows him driving a stolen flatbed truck towing a large welder on an attached trailer, the news release said.

A few hours later, Tambert allegedly returned the flatbed truck to the yard, without the welder, then stole a water truck.

Placer County sheriff’s detectives, assisted by Roseville police detectives, arrested Tambert on Tuesday at a motel on Watt Avenue in Sacramento County. Following his arrest, Tambert led detectives to the water truck, which was hidden in Roseville, according to the news release.

The missing welder, a Lincoln K2728-3 550 amp welder DSL, is described as gray/silver in color. Anyone with information as to where it can be found is asked to call Detective Dan Meier at 916-652-2411.

Tambert is being held in Placer County Jail in lieu of $235,000 bail.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy