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Booty-Hoarding Burglar Busted

Saved Five Years of Snatched Treasures

NEW YORK STATE POLICE ALONG WITH several police agencies in the Hudson River Valley combined forces to apprehend a career burglar who had stolen tens of thousands of valuables from homes over a period of several years….. and saved almost all of them, 30,000-plus items.

(NY State Police)

John Suddard was arrested last month when he went into a pawnshop in Colonie and tried to sell some of his booty.  This was the culmination of an intense multi-jurisdictional investigation that led to the surveillance on Suddard leading to his apprehension.

His one-man crime wave began in 2007 when police began getting reports of home burglaries in Warren, Washington, and Saratoga Counties that were occurring in daylight hours, mostly to elderly victims.  When it continued without any breaks in the case, the combined police activity was initiated.  They learned that the wave of burglaries began immediately after Suddard was released from prison after serving a 10-year term for burglary.

After he was arrested, search warrants were served on his home and that of his step-brother's also.  The searches turned up 31 duffle bags filled with more than 30,000 pieces of jewelry, collectible coins, and other valuable items that are easily pocketed.  Lt. John Durling of the State Police told the press, "Right now he's currently being held without bail in Albany County Jail, and he's looking at probably spending the rest of his life in prison."

For more details in this unusual case, refer to:
Fox23 News HERE.
FoxNY HERE.

The Glens Falls Post-Star details how the victims can view and make claims on the seized booty HERE.

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