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Longtime Burglar Sentenced to 6 to 12 Years in Prison

March 2, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Marc Furber, 215.348.6339, mjfurber@buckscounty.org

William Brudie
      William Brudie

A man whose burglary career spans four decades and four states was sentenced Monday to serve six to 12 years for two Morrisville break-ins last summer.

William Brudie, 60, who said he lives primarily in Costa Rica, was convicted by a Bucks County jury on Jan. 25 of burglarizing two homes in July 2016 on Delmorr Avenue and Crown Street.

One of the victims testified that she lost irreplaceable heirloom jewelry handed down from her grandmothers and other relatives, some of which she had hoped to wear in her upcoming wedding. She said her fiancé, an Iraq War combat veteran, suffers from night terrors that were exacerbated by Brudie’s crimes.

“No one feels as secure as they did before Mr. Brudie chose to go into my home and take my belongings,” the woman told Judge Raymond F. McHugh.

McHugh imposed consecutive three- to six-year sentences for each of the break-ins and ordered Brudie to pay a total of $15,750 in restitution to his victims, mostly for jewelry he stole.

Brudie’s criminal record began with a 1976 burglary conviction in New Jersey, followed by two aggravated assaults – one on a police officer – and another burglary conviction in 1982. He moved to Florida, where he committed as many as 20 residential burglaries in the early 1980s, and also was convicted of larceny and dealing in stolen property.

In the 1990s, Brudie was part of a $400,000 counterfeiting scheme in North Carolina, earning him time in federal prison. He also was given a 30-year prison sentence in a North Carolina state court after a burglary conviction.

After being paroled, he returned to New Jersey, where he committed yet another series of residential burglaries, becoming known in the media as the “Reebok Burglar” for the incriminating sneaker prints he left behind. He was sentenced to four years in prison in 2006 for those crimes.

“What (his convictions) tell you is the story of someone who has been incarcerated for most of his adult life,” Deputy District Attorney Marc Furber told McHugh, “and when not incarcerated is out committing burglaries. When the defendant is not incarcerated, the community is not safe.”

Brudie maintained his innocence, telling McHugh that he “was in the wrong place at the wrong time” when security cameras recorded him walking in the area of the burglaries. “I was looking for a boat ramp,” he said.

Of his extensive record, Brudie said, “I’m not an angel, but most of that happened when I was very young.” He said he now works as a property manager in Costa Rica, adding, “I turned my life around 10 years ago.”

The case was investigated by the Morrisville Borough Police Department.

Approved for release by Gregg Shore, First Assistant District Attorney.

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