A man connected to shoplifting incidents at three Napa supermarkets was arrested Saturday evening when a gun was found in his vehicle after a traffic stop, according to police.
Security workers at the Wal-Mart at 681 Lincoln Ave. called police at 5:16 p.m. to report that a man had stolen food from the store and then fled in a vehicle, according to Sgt. Todd Shulman. Ten minutes later, officers stopped a vehicle at the Silverado Trail and Soscol Avenue and arrested the occupant, 54-year-old Dewatts Cowart.
Wal-Mart employees identified Cowart, and a vehicle search revealed food items stolen from that store as well as Safeway and Raley's branches in Napa, Shulman said.
In addition, a loaded .22-caliber revolver was found beneath the driver seat of Cowart's vehicle, according to Shulman, who said the gun had been reported stolen in Rocklin east of Sacramento.
Cowart, who has no listed address, was booked into the Napa County jail on suspicion of possessing a stolen gun as well as firearm possession by a felon, as well as misdemeanor shoplifting.