Police in NY seek owners of 30,000 pieces of bling

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm •  Published: January 9, 2013
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"Seldom did he actually encounter anybody in the house," Washington County Undersheriff John Winchell said. "There were a couple of times when he was spooked — people showed up and he had to run out the back door. ... Generally, his crimes went unnoticed for days."

The burglar pretty much stole "anything somebody would throw in their jewelry box," Winchell said, and then some. Along with jewelry, police found cash, coins, a handgun and game tokens.

"One of the bags I went through actually had an adult molar," Winchell said, "right down to the roots."

The duffel bags were found on the property of Suddard's brother-in-law, who is cooperating with the investigation.

Police said they believe most of the items were stolen since Suddard's last release from prison in 2007. He operated mostly in the cluster of three counties around Hudson Falls, though it's unclear how far he traveled, police said. He also spent time in other Northeastern states and in Florida, they said.

Diamond said it appears that Suddard pawned the most expensive items and may have held on to the remaining booty to sell later. Of the items recovered, a few have inscriptions linking them to victims.

The display at Hudson Falls High School on Wednesday was for the items that couldn't be identified. The viewing was restricted to people who reported burglaries and have police reports. Victims will not be allowed to take identified items home just yet, because they are still potential evidence.

Diamond said the police department has been inundated with calls from as far away as New Jersey and New Hampshire, some from callers missing cars, boats and other items clearly not involved in this case. With interest so heavy, police said they plan to do at least one more display after Wednesday.

"We've caught this guy," Diamond said. "We need to link him to what we can and return the property that we can."

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Hill reported from Albany. Associated Press writer Tom McElroy in New York contributed to this report.