Moticello - A Sullivan County jury found that a 57-year-old man with 57 prior misdemeanor convictions did, indeed, burglarize the Hurleyville home of a former friend.
Arthur Caston of Sackett Lake broke into the home on Dec. 13 while the victim was in jail on a DWI charge, said Assistant District Attorney Joey Drillings, who prosecuted the case.
Caston was found guilty yesterday of second-degree burglary, a felony. Itís Castonís second felony; in 2002 he was convicted in Orange County of DWI, in addition to that string of 57 misdemeanor convictions heíd acquired over a lifetime. Heís been arrested 126 times, prosecutors said.
Drillings said that Caston kicked in the door of the former friendís home. A neighbor came home and found the victimís safe behind his house, and Caston Ė in black gloves, with a black coat pulled up over his head Ė hiding behind a tree.
The victimís purse was found on the porch of an unoccupied house next door, with Castonís cell phone inside it.
Caston faces a minimum of five and a maximum of 15 years in prison when heís sentenced on July 23.