The Fulton County Sheriff's Department arrested two suspects on May 7 on felony theft charges stemming from the theft and sale of five head of Charolais cross bred cattle from Dennis Richardson's farm near Elizabeth.
Richardson filed a report with the Fulton County Sheriff's Department May 6 in regard to the incident. The Sheriff's Department then notified area sale barns about the missing cattle which were both ear tagged and numbered.
The owner then went to area sale barns, including Batesville Stockyards and found the cattle. They had been checked in under the name Barbie James. Richardson notified authorities in Fulton County who contacted Independence County.
Independence County arrested Barbara James, 45, and Rex Foster, 41, of Gassville for Fulton County the next morning when they came to pick up their check at the auction barn for the cattle.
Following their arrests, Independence County Detective Jeff Sims searched the suspects vehicle and recovered suspected methamphetamine and a glass pipe. The suspects were then taken to Fulton County. Drug charges are pending in Independence County.
Between the May 6 cattle theft and the suspects arrests on May 7, the Fulton County Sheriff's Department took another report of seven stolen cattle from an area close to the first thefts.
Foster was brought to the Fulton County Jail and charged with two counts of felony theft, a class C felony.
James was taken to Sharp County Jail and was also charged with two counts of felony theft. Upon questioning, James confessed to the second cattle theft and said that she and Foster had gotten scared after taking them and released the seven head of cattle approximately 10 minutes away from the location where they were taken. The cattle were located and recovered on May 8.
Foster remains in the Fulton County jail on a $100,000 cash or professional bond.
James remains in the Izard County jail on a $25,000 cash or professional bond.
The cattle were valued at $3,100.