A 25-year-old man riding through the area on horseback has now been formally charged with residential burglary and theft of property.
Everett Glyn Baird of Morrow, Ohio, has been incarcerated in the Sharp County Jail since Sept. 29 for allegedly stealing a variety of items from a home near Williford.
Baird approached Kay Roland of Hardy while at her mother's ranch near Williford Sept. 26, said the affidavit filed by Det. Mark Counts. Baird told Roland he was riding from Kentucky to Colorado and asked if he could pitch a tent in a field and sleep for the night. Roland told him he could stay under the overhang of the barn.
Roland then took the hungry Baird to the American Legion and bought him a pizza, the affidavit said. She also told him he could mow the yard the next day to make some money. He stayed two nights.
On Sept. 28, Roland saw Baird riding his horse down the highway and noticed he had a lead rope on his horse that resembled hers, the affidavit said. When she arrived back home, she found her rope missing.
The next morning, Roland saw Baird along the highway between Ash Flat and Salem and stopped him. When she told Baird he had something of hers, he reached into his saddle bags and handed her a laptop computer, a .32 caliber pistol and a box of shells, the affidavit said. He told her he had found the items in a ditch. He said he had left his blue lead rope at a house where he had stayed the previous night.
Roland left and then looked over her computer and could not see any signs the items had been outside as Baird claimed, the affidavit said. She then drove to her mother's house and noticed a jewelry box opened.
Roland called sheriff's offices in both Sharp and Fulton counties. She then drove to Fulton County and met with Deputy David Henry and identified items found with Baird as missing from her mother's jewelry box, the affidavit said. The items include a money clip, two $5 peso bills, two silver dollars, a gold bracelet and a diamond pendant.
Sharp County Deputy Jermey Qualls then took over the case and escorted Baird to the Sharp County Jail where he remains on a $22,500 bond.