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GPS helps police connect suspect to dozens of burglaries

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A controversial piece of technology helps police catch a burglary spree suspect connected to dozens of burglaries over the last six years. YNN's Erin Moran reports.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. -- Hudson Falls Police said the Burgoyne Avenue Thoroughfare stretching from Fort Edward to Kingsbury had been frequently burglarized since 2007. But with the help of a GPS receiver, they were able to connect John Suddard of Fort Edward to the crime spree.

“It's a great piece of equipment and everything is done by the book. And it certainly worked out to be the single most important piece of equipment in this case to help us solve this case,” said Randy Diamond, Chief of the Hudson Falls Police Department.

Detective Scott Gillis of the Hudson Falls Police Department said the big break in the case came after a tip from a confidential informant.

“Shortly after that, there was a house that was hit right in that time frame and it was enough for us to get a search warrant for a GPS for his vehicle,” said Gillis.

State Police got the warrant and GPS. Gillis said it showed Suddard driving in an area where a burglary later occurred.

“The State Police followed him right to Saratoga Coin and Jewelry in Albany and he had all that property from that burglary there,” said Gillis.

Suddard was arrested in December of 2012 for a burglary on Spruce Street in Hudson Falls. He is being held in Albany County Jail.

Since his arrest, Gillis says Hudson Falls is a much quieter place.

“The area that was being hit, we have had no burglaries in the area. Nothing. Ever since he was stopped, everything stopped,” he said.

Suddard was charged with felony criminal possession of stolen property, burglary and grand larceny. He has other burglary-related convictions and could face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted again.

“It's certainly a huge relief for me. This has been going on for six to seven years and the citizens were very concerned and it's nice to bring closure to them for this case,” said Diamond.

Suddard's lawyer, Robert M. Kelly of Saratoga Springs, said his client did not commit the burglary back in December and added he has no comments on the GPS at this time. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP