A Colusa teenager was arrested Thursday, the day after he allegedly walked into Kittle’s Outdoor and Sport Co. on Market Street, in Colusa, and stole a handgun.
According to the store owner, the teen – later identified as 19-year-old Dejon Tyrone Stewart – cased the store for about an hour on Wednesday before managing to slip a gun from a security case during a shift change when just one employee was on the floor aiding customers.
In addition to facing felony burglary and theft charges, Stewart may very well have violated California’s “looting” laws, enacted in the late 19th century, if he is found to have committed a crime during a declared state of emergency.
According to the Colusa Police Department, officers and the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office received the report of the theft around 1:55 PM on April 1.
During the investigation, officers identified Stewart from surveillance photo and executed a search warrant at his home in the 1300 block of Lurline Ave, on Thursday afternoon, where Stewart was arrested.
Pat Kittle, owner of Kittle’s Outdoor, said it was the first theft of its kind in the 20 years the store has been opened, and that store employees had noticed the teen’s odd behavior of pacing in and out of the gun room several times.
Although employees had confronted Stewart and discovered other items from the store stuffed down his pants, the theft of the gun was not discovered until a discarded price tag was discovered in the store after the teen left the premises, Kittle said.
Stewart was booked in the Colusa County Jail on $40,000 bail for felony burglary, felony grand theft of a firearm (value over $950), and grand theft during a state of emergency.
As of Monday, he was not yet scheduled to appear in court. ■