Newcomb man arrested with stolen weapon

NEWCOMB - Anthony J. Babbie, 27, was charged with felony burglary, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal sale of a firearm in connection with a home burglary in Newcomb that ended in a missing rifle, police said.

His live-in girlfriend, Karen Caza, 30, was charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon.

Babbie allegedly stole from the home earlier in the year, and was trying to sell a stolen rifle when troopers arrested him, authorities said. The gun was recovered.

Babbie was released from state prison last fall after serving a two-year sentence for a 2008 felony drug conviction in Hamilton County. He was also arrested on several misdemeanor charges in Johnsburg last April for a domestic dispute and subsequent escape from a state trooper who arrested him while on parole. Babbie was being held in Essex County Jail for lack of bail, while Caza was released pending prosecution in Newcomb Town Court.

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