Police say a strategic sting operation helped nab their prime suspect in a rash of recent burglaries.

With the use of specialized technology and old-fashioned police work, Plattsburgh City Police officials say, they caught Jon Headley in the act of trying to ransack office space in a Healey Avenue plaza early Wednesday morning.

City Police have been investigating a number of overnight burglaries recently, including at least one other at the plaza, which houses a lawyer's office, insurance company and rental-property management business.

While looking into the crimes, Chief Desmond Racicot said, City Police Detective Steve Dube identified a pattern in the break-ins and asked to stake out the building Monday night, expecting the suspect to hit again.

And, police said, that's exactly what happened.

After Dube and Officer Darin Perrotte hid inside the building, authorities put special alarms in several areas of the complex to help alert them to the suspect's presence even if power or phone lines were cut.

Eventually, Dube and Perrotte heard the sound of smashing glass and geared up for the arrest.

As the alarms activated, Racicot said, the building was surrounded by officers from City Police, State Police, University Police and the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, who were waiting nearby.

"We had the building completely surrounded," Racicot said Wednesday as he commended Dube and the other officers for their diligence and dedication in the investigation.

A tactical search team stormed the building, Racicot said, but Headley refused to surrender.

The 25-year-old was found hiding beneath laundry that was piled inside one of the office spaces.

He is now facing two counts of second-degree burglary.

After being arraigned in City Court, Headley was sent to Clinton County Jail on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond on each count.

He was still in custody Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say his arrest helped solve a number of recent crimes in the Plattsburgh area.

Additional charges are likely.

E-mail Andrea VanValkenburg at: avanvalkenburg@pressrepublican.com

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