A man who claimed to be riding to Colorado on horseback is now having his room and board paid for courtesy of the Sharp County Jail.
Everett Baird is being held pending theft of property charges from Sharp County.
Sharp County Deputy Jermey Qualls was notified Sept. 29 that a man on horseback stole a computer and jewelry from a home on Highway 63 where he had stayed the night.
Kay Roland said Baird approached her when she was outside one day this past week while having her horses shod, Qualls said. Baird asked her if there was somewhere he could stay for the night. She allowed him to stay in her barn, Qualls said.
"She took him across the street and fed him and let him mow the yard and paid him $50," Qualls said. "He stayed two nights."
When Roland was returning home from town Friday, she saw Baird riding his horse down the road. While speaking with him she noticed a blue rope on his horse that closely resembled a rope of hers. When she arrived home she found her rope missing, Qualls said.
"The next day she saw him riding and stopped him and told him he had something that belonged to her," Qualls said. "He pulled a computer, hand gun and bullets from his bag. He stated to her he had found it on the side of the road and when he opened the computer her picture came on the screen."
Baird returned the items to Roland but when she arrived home she found more items missing including her mother's jewelry, Qualls said. While traveling to Mountain Home Sept. 29, she saw Baird riding his horse and called the police.
Fulton County Deputy David Henry located Baird and said he found the items Roland said were missing with Baird.
Baird was taken to the Fulton County Jail until Qualls arrived to interview Roland and transport Baird back to Sharp County.
Qualls attempted to interview Baird Sept. 30.
"I asked him if he wanted to talk to me. He stated he just wanted to go to court and get it over with. I took him back to the jail," Qualls said
Bond has yet to be set in the case.