If you’ve had jewelry stolen from your home in Saratoga, Washington or Warren counties in the last five years, you may want to make a call to the Hudson Falls Police Department.
Police are holding nearly 30,000 pieces of stolen jewelry they found when they arrested a man suspected to be involved in burglaries in the three counties since 2007.
John W. Suddard II, 39, of Fort Edward, was charged Dec. 21 with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and is being held without bail in the Albany County jail.
When police executed search warrants for his home and a shed in Granville, they found 31 duffel bags filled with jewelry, precious metals and a handgun. One bag of silver weighed about 100 pounds.
Now Hudson Falls police, state police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department are looking for the owners of all the material. Anyone who believes items may belong to them may contact Hudson Falls Det. Scott Gillis at 747-0273.
Also, police will hold an event Wednesday evening to allow burglary victims to potentially claim their property. Victims should bring a copy of their police report, photographs of the stolen items and personal identification to Hudson Falls High School between 6 and 8 p.m. for people with last names beginning with the letters A through M and between 8 and 10 p.m. for those with last names beginning with the letters N through Z.
Local police agencies, meanwhile, are revisiting their burglary cases.
“We’re going through all our burglaries, and we’ll be reaching out to our complainants,” said Senior Investigator John Brooks of the Wilton state police barracks, which covers the northern third of Saratoga County.
Suddard has a history of involvement in burglaries. He was charged with several burglaries in the 1990s and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1997.
The burglaries in which the recovered items are believed to have been stolen started in 2007, the same year Suddard was released from prison, police said. He has not been charged with burglary in connection with the stolen property, however.
The burglaries happened only during winter months and only in the daytime or early evening, police said.
Suddard was recently identified as a suspect, and state police followed him Dec. 20 and 21.
“We surveilled him going to Olde Saratoga Coin on Central Avenue in Albany,” said Lt. John Durling of the Albany office of the state police Special Investigation Unit, which helped with the investigation. Once Suddard was there, he allegedly sold several pieces of jewelry stolen in a burglary the day before, and police found he had other jewelry and coins from that home.
Police said they also found burglar’s tools and a camouflage ski mask in Suddard’s vehicle.