Acting on information gained through interviews with burglary suspects Amber Morgan Cotton and Dusty Lynn Woodson, Hopkins County sheriff’s investigators continue to recover property taken in a burglary spree that spanned at least three counties.
Monday morning, investigators were at a vacant residence on FM 1567, where the suspects had dumped stolen property in a shallow well, according to Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum.
“We were brought down here last Friday and shown where the items were thrown in this well,” Tatum said. “Today, we got what equipment we had together and went down in the well and recovered what items we could. We have them drying out so we can see where all they came from.”
Tatum said “this is a bunch of items that were from the burglaries that happened around Miller Grove, that last rash of burglaries we had.”
Several televisions have been recovered and a large quantity of jewelry has been accounted for, but many items are still missing.
“During interviews with the suspects, we found out where the gold and silver was sold in Dallas at Market Hall,” he said. “Through Amber Morgan talking, giving us information, it was over $100,000 worth of gold and silver. Investigator Daniel Winn is going over there this afternoon to recover what was left and the invoices of what’s been sold in the last couple of months.”
Cotton, 32, was stopped in Commerce last Tuesday. Officers found stolen property in the truck and took her into custody for further questioning. She admitted to involvement in the burglaries.
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. Thursday at a local restaurant. He was detained on a no driver’s license warrant.
He reportedly resisted officers’ attempts to handcuff him, pulling away. He was told he was a subject in several burglaries. He said he understood and chose to speak to officers without a lawyer present, HCSO Investigator Daniel Winn noted on arrest reports.
Woodson confessed to being in a vehicle while another person entered three houses in Hopkins County; 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.
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