A career burglar from New Jersey was sentenced on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, to serve up to 20 years in state prison for committing several burglaries throughout Bucks County from May 2018 to May 2019.
Billy M. Woodard, 57, of Trenton, N.J., was convicted in a November waiver trial of one count of robbery and 14 counts of burglary. Additionally, he was convicted of three counts of attempted burglary, 11 counts each of theft and receiving stolen property, 19 counts of loitering or prowling at night and one count each of criminal trespassing, possession of an instrument of crime and theft from a motor vehicle.
Common Pleas Judge Raymond F. McHugh sentenced Woodard to 10 to 20 years in state prison with a concurrent sentence of 20 years of probation.
The investigation by Detectives with the Lower Makefield Township Police Department, Upper Makefield Township Police Department Falls Township Police Department found that Woodard broke into several locations between July 2018 and May 2019. Most of the burglaries happened in Lower Makefield.