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Man charged with crimes in Rankin, Warren, Sharkey Counties now facing charges in Madison County

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Rankin County man who faced charges in Rankin, Warren and Sharkey Counties is now facing charges in Madison County.

Rankin County Sheriff's deputies have arrested 44-year-old Morris Sterling Woodruff for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property and filing a false police report in Rankin County.

Woodruff called deputies to his home on Haddon Circle to report a burglary at his home.

The items Woodruff reported stolen turned out to be items that were in a white Cadillac stolen out of Warren County, November 2017. A consensual search of Woodruff's house revealed the keys to the Cadillac as well as drug paraphernalia.

The tag on the vehicle was discovered to be a switched tag.

Rankin County and Warren County Sheriff's Department investigators searched Woodruff's house and found the Warren County car tag belonging on the Cadillac in a burn pile behind the residence.

Investigators also located a wallet believed to belong to the Warren County victim. The wallet was being used by Woodruff and contained his identification.

Woodruff is being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property and filing a false police report in Rankin County.  He will be facing charges of motor vehicle theft in Warren County and currently there is a hold on him from Sharkey County. 

A former employer of Woodruff contacted the Rankin County Sheriff's Office after seeing the original press release concerning his arrest. 

The complainant stated they recently had items stolen from their Canton office where Woodruff use to work. The items in question had been located in the trunk of the stolen Cadillac. 

Woodruff may now be facing charges in Madison County for commercial burglary.

Investigators are continuing to follow leads to determine if there are other victims where Woodruff is the guilty party. 

He will remain in the Rankin County Jail until his initial appearance. That appearance is expected to be Thursday in Rankin County Court before Judge Kent McDaniel. 

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