Washington County man accused in burglary spree

Posted at: 01/02/2013 12:33 PM
Updated at: 01/02/2013 12:38 PM
By: Abigail Bleck

HUDSON FALLS - Police shared more details about a man accused of stealing 30,000 pieces of jewelry and other valuables from homes in three local counties.

Investigators have 31 duffel bags filled with stolen belongings.

Arrested in connection to these burglaries is 39-year-old John Suddard of Fort Edward. He’s accused of committing the crimes over a five-year period.

Investigators say Suddard would stake out a home, waiting for residents to leave and then force his way in to steal jewelry, coins, heirlooms – anything he could get his hands on. They say his victims were mostly seniors.

Police were led to Suddard through a confidential informant. They then watched him and made an arrest after they say he tried to sell some of the items at Olde Saratoga Coin in Colonie.

“I would believe he’s just addicted to burglaries, just like anybody who’d go get scratch-off lotteries,” said Hudson Falls Police Detective Scott Gillis. “They get the addiction of seeing what they’ve won.”

These crimes are said to have been committed in several North Country counties. Police are also investigating to see if Suddard is involved in some burglary cases in Vermont.

Suddard has already served time in prison for past robberies.

Police also say they expect to make additional arrests.

Police have set up a schedule for those who may have been victimized in these cases to identify stolen items. Those with last names beginning with A through M can meet with police at Hudson Falls High School on Jan. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. People with last names starting with N through Z can talk to police at the high school on the same date from 8 to 10 p.m. For more information, contact Hudson Falls police at 518- 747-0273.