Warrant issued in Walnut Ridge burglary cases, police chief says

Several Burglaries Leave Residents on Edge

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (KAIT) - Authorities said Thursday that they are looking for a suspect in connection with a series of burglaries in Walnut Ridge.

Walnut Ridge Police Chief Jordan Cooksey said police have recovered enough evidence and property to lead to authorities getting an affidavit for a warrant on Carson Gates.

The series of burglaries left Walnut Ridge residents upset as police worked on the case.

Cooksey said the break-ins actually started six weeks ago around Easter weekend.

Police hadn’t seen any activity in the past five weeks, but they picked up again on Sunday, June 2.

Morgan Hatcher was actually in her home with her four-month-old when her home was broken into around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

“You kind of feel violated, I mean it’s bad enough getting your stuff stolen but when someone enters the privacy of your own home while you’re in there asleep and knowing anything can happen, it’s the scariest feeling in the world,” said Hatcher.

Several items were taken from Hatcher’s home, including her engagement ring and several hundred dollars in cash.

Two of her neighbor’s homes were also hit Sunday night.

Chief Cooksey told Region 8 News they’re doing everything they can to find answers.

“We are not going to stop. We’re going to pursue the person or persons committing these crimes relentlessly and we’re going to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” said Cooksey.

Gates has been arrested several times in connection with burglary cases in the area, including an arrest in which he was found hiding inside an air duct, police said at the time.

Anyone with information on Gates’ whereabouts should contact Walnut Ridge Police Department at (870) 886-3568.

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