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New York Judge Sends Suspect In Worcester Weapons Theft Back To Mass.

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A former Army reservist already facing child rape charges has been ordered to return to Massachusetts to face unrelated charges that he stole 16 weapons from an Army Reserve armory.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in New York says James Walker Morales waived identity and probable cause hearings during an appearance Friday in a Long Island courtroom. The name of his attorney was not immediately known.

Federal magistrate Steven Locke deemed Morales a flight risk and danger to the community. Authorities arrested him Wednesday on Long Island. They declined to discuss details of the arrest.

The FBI says the 34-year-old Morales stole six assault rifles and 10 handguns from the Lincoln Stoddard Army Reserve Center in Worcester last weekend.

Massachusetts authorities have not discussed the rape case.

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