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A Strykersville man who served nearly three years in prison for stealing women's underwear during house break-ins in the 1990s is allegedly up to his old tricks, Wyoming County sheriff's officials said.

David M. Dudas, 41, has targeted homes in Java and Arcade since February, police said. He struck in the daytime hours while residents were away and stole numerous articles of clothing, among them women's underwear, Wyoming County sheriff's investigators said.

Dudas was charged with four counts of burglary and was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail, pending a court appearance. Police said further charges are pending.

Wyoming County authorities were assisted by Lancaster police, the Erie County Sheriff's Department and the State Police in their investigation.

Dudas was convicted in 1999 for breaking into a Village of Lancaster woman's house and stealing her underwear. The victim allowed Lancaster police to install a surveillance camera in her house, leading to the arrest.

Dudas was released on parole in August 2002. His sentence on the 1999 conviction for burglary expired on Feb. 6, about the same time the thefts in Wyoming County began.

He is scheduled to appear in Java Justice Court on Nov. 17.

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