HUDSON FALLS, N.Y. - Police in Washington County say they arrested an ex-convict accused of burglarizing around 30,000 items from more than 100 homes in a three-county area during the past four years.
Police in Hudson Falls say that 39-year-old John Suddard Jr., of Fort Edward, was arrested Friday and charged with felony criminal possession of stolen property for the burlgary spree that officials say occurred throughout Washington, Warren and Saratoga Counties.
Police say they recovered thousands of items contained in 31 duffel bags including jewelry, precious metals and a handgun. One bag of silver alone weighed approximately 100 pounds and is estimated as many as 30,000 pieces of jewelry have been recovered.
They believe Suddard stole these items during the alleged burglary spree dating back to 2008.
A search of Suddard's vehicle revealed burglar tools and a camouflage ski mask. Several duffle bags filled with jewelry and precious metals were recovered as a result of a search warrant conducted at Suddard's home and a shed in Granville.
Suddard was released in prison in late 2007 after serving ten years for the last of his three convictions for burglary and attempted burglary in the 1990's.
Detective Scott Gillis, of the Hudson Falls Police says, "He burglarized a house in 1997, here in the village of Hudson Falls. He found $30,000 cash under the woman's bed. He was apprehended up in Whitehall sometime within the week."
He was arrested on December 21st, after allegedly stealing several pieces of jewelry from a burglary the day before. Police had him under surveillance, and took him into custody outside Saratoga Coin in Colonie, for allegedly pawning stolen items.
He is being held at the Albany County Jail without bail.
Police have also searched Suddard's step-brother's property in Granville. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone who believes they may be a victim of one of these burglaries since 2007 is invited to come to Hudson Falls High School on January 9th to view the stolen property. It's recommended that victims bring a copy of any police reports, insurance claims, and personal identification to the viewing. The display will go from 6-10 p.m.