Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant said Cody Dale Morse has been charged in connection with a burglary ring that has targeted rural county businesses, utilities and oil field sites.
The 38-year-old Fox resident was taken into custody and subsequently charged with second-degree burglary, knowingly concealing stolen property and possession of methamphetamine. Morse made an initial appearance in district court where a $1,500 cash only bond was set on the charges and a May 25 case conference scheduled. Morse posted bond and has been released from the Carter County Detention Center pending the outcome of the case against him.
Bryant said the charges against the Fox man are linked to the same investigation that led to the recent arrest of a rural Ratliff City man who was also found to operating a large illegal cockfighting enterprise.
“The execution of a search warrant connected to the burglary ring and the recovery of stolen property was the reason deputies were at Christopher Morris’ residence. A substantial amount of stolen property was recovered. In addition, more than 100 roosters were located, as well as a multitude of evidence that illegal cockfighting was going on,” Bryant said.
Morris remains detained in the CCDC pending the posting of a $15,000 bond set on multiple charges. His case conference is set for June 1.
However, Bryant said the case isn’t stamped closed.
“We believe this burglary ring had been operating in rural areas of the county for the past four to five months. So far we have recovered more than $11,000 in stolen property and the  investigation isn’t over. We are continuing to investigate and other arrests are possible,” the sheriff said Saturday.
Bryant urged anyone with information concerning the location of stolen property or the whereabouts of others involved in the theft ring to contact the sheriff’s department at (580) 223-6014.