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Omar Abedelal arrested for alleged suspicion of burglary and armed robbery at an American Canyon Wal-Mart store

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A Contra Costa County Jail inmate was arrested Wedneday on suspicion of burglary and armed robbery at an American Canyon Wal-Mart store last month. Omar Hussein Abedelal, 32, of Fairfield, is suspected of loading $200 of merchandise in a shopping cart inside the Wal-Mart and “returning” it for a gift card on Sept. 23, Napa County sheriff’s Capt. Tracey Stuart said.

Store security staff watched the male suspect load the cart and get the gift card, then confronted the suspect outside the store. The suspect pointed a silver-colored pistol at the security employees and fled in a dark gray 1980s Honda Civic, Stuart said. Napa sheriff’s detectives compared photos of the suspect taken from a Wal-Mart video to photos of people on parole and identified Abedelal as the suspect, Stuart said.

Detectives learned he was currently in the Contra Costa County West Detention Center for a similar crime and interviewed him Wednesday, Stuart said. He was taken into custody for burglary, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during a commission of a felony at the Wal-Mart store. His bail was set at $740,000, Stuart said.

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