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Ulster woman steals gun, sells it on Poughkeepsie streets, cops say

An Ulster County woman who drove across the Hudson River to sell a stolen handgun was arrested Thursday on a spate of charges, police said.

Rebecca L. Decker, 33, of 120 Sunrise Ave. in the Town of Ulster, was arrested at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Ulster County Undersheriff Frank Faluotico said Friday.

Deputies received a report Wednesday night from the county's 911 center of a woman leaving Decker's address with a stolen handgun, Faluotico said. Using the description, they were able to find Decker and pulled her over but didn't find the handgun, though they did find a small amount of heroin and a hypodermic syringe, he said.

After an investigation, police determined Decker stole a loaded .45 caliber handgun belonging to someone else at her address, then drove to the City of Poughkeepsie and sold it on the street, Faluotico said. Ulster County authorities later recovered the gun with the help of City of Poughkeepsie police.

Decker was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal sale of a firearm, and second- and third-degree weapons possession, felonies; and drug possession, use of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic instrument and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, misdemeanors.

She was arraigned Thursday in the Town of Ulster Court and sent to the Ulster County Jail in Kingston in lieu of $5,000 bail. She remained there Friday, according to a state database. She returns to court Tuesday. Attorney information for her was unavailable.

Town of Ulster police also assisted in the investigation.

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