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2 arrested after stolen handgun discovered in vehicle in Newfane

Amos L. Rowsey III, 36, left, and Shawneque L. Tubbins, 37. (Niagara County Sheriff's Office)

Two people from Buffalo were arrested just after midnight Friday outside an auto parts store on Main Street in Newfane after Niagara County sheriff's deputies found a stolen handgun in their car, authorities said.

Amos L. Rowsey III, 36, and Shawneque L. Tubbins, 37, who also had a 2-year-old and 4-year-old in their car, told deputies they were out looking at a house to buy, the Sheriff's Office said.

The handgun was traced back to a home on Lake Road in Wilson. After receiving a call from deputies, the resident discovered his home had been burglarized sometime in the past week, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Rowsey was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Tubbins was charged with two counts of child endangerment and unlawful possession of marijuana. Rowsey was held on $25,000 bail, while bail for Tubbins was set at $500. The two children were placed in the custody of Erie County Child Protective Services.

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