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

January 10, 2013 - 1:32 AM
Stolen Jewelry

This Jan. 2, 2013 photo shows a pile of primarily costume jewelry among the mass of seized stolen goods during a news conference at Hudson Falls Village Court in Hudson Falls, N.Y. Few clues exist pointing to the owners of the roughly 30,000 items discovered after 39-year-old burglary suspect John Suddard’s recent arrest. So police are taking the novel step of displaying the items at the local high school Wednesday night, Jan. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Post-Star, Derek Pruitt)

Police in upstate New York face a daunting task in finding owners for jewelry and other valuables discovered stuffed into 31 duffel bags.

Few clues point to the owners of the roughly 30,000 items discovered after John Suddard's recent arrest on charges of possessing stolen property. So police in a village near the Vermont border are displaying the items at the local high school.

Hundreds of burglary victims were escorted by police around tables set up in the Hudson Falls school cafeteria Wednesday night to see if any of the items are theirs.

One victim, Francesco Venturiello (fran'CHES'-koh VEHN'-churh-ree-EH'-loh), was hoping to find his wife's gold jewelry from Italy, but he and his wife left empty handed.

But some victims apparently got lucky. The Schenectady man said he saw several bags of items that had been claimed.