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2 in custody in connection with string of burglaries

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Two people were in custody Wednesday morning and authorities were looking for a third suspect in connection with a string of burglaries reported in Hopkins County over the last week. The pair was said to be linked to at least seven of the county burglaries.

The investigation, which spans at least three counties, had resulted in recovery of quite a bit of stolen property as well; officers were working Wednesday to process the recovered items so they can eventually be returned to their owners.

Hopkins County sheriff’s deputies and investigators have been working for several days trying to clear numerous burglary cases reported throughout Hopkins County starting last week and continuing through Monday.

The case really got going when Amber Morgan Cotton, 32, was stopped in Commerce Tuesday. Officers found stolen property in the truck and took her into custody for further questioning. She admitted to involvement in burglaries. The woman remained in Hunt County jail Wednesday morning on a Van Zandt County charge, Hopkins County Sheriff’s officers reported Wednesday.

As the investigation continued, officers received information implicating two other suspects, including Dusty Lynn Woodson, 28, of Sulphur Springs. They made contact with Woodson at 9:15 p.m. at a local restaurant. He was detained on a no driver’s license warrant.

Woodson confessed to being in a vehicle while a co-defendant entered three houses in Hopking County, HCSO Investigator Daniel Winn noted on arrest reports. Several items were taken from one residence after forced entry was made. One of the residences Woodson admitted to being at during a burglary was on County Road 1439. He admitted to taking items from outside the residence while the other person was inside the residence removing property. Consequently, he was taken to jail for burglary of a habitation and on the driver’s license warrant, according to the arrest report.

Woodson was also charged with possession of methamphetamines after officers saw a bag of suspected drugs in the hallway where he was standing, according to arrest reports. He was still in Hopkins County jail Wednesday morning on  all three charges.

The investigation into the burglaries is ongoing and further charges are pending, sheriff’s officers said.

HCSO Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum said the evidence collected so far implicates Cotton and Woodson in at least seven of the Hopkins County burglaries, including some reported in Ridgeway, Reilly Springs and on State Highway 11 and FM 71 recently. They anticipate filing for warrants in connection to those offenses and were still looking for the third person implicated in them, the investigator said.

Officers have recovered quite a bit of stolen property, but were still working Wednesday to determine to whom the items belong. Some of the property recovered includes guns, jewelry, and computer and electronics equipment. 

 

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