Man arrested, deputies search for owners of stolen goods

Man arrested, deputies search for owners of stolen goods

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A homeowner got quite a surprise when they spotted their stolen goods at a second-hand store.

On Monday, Sept. 26, a homeowner reported to Baxter County sheriff's deputies that someone took two concrete lawn ornaments worth $800 from their home on Westmoreland Lane in Mountain Home.

Two days later, the owner spotted what appeared to be their ill-gotten goods at a second-hand shop in Gassville.

They stopped for a closer look and identified the items as theirs from some paint on them. The store owner said he bought the items from 24-year-old Michael Ransom Hobbs of Mountain Home, according to Sheriff John Montgomery.

After learning of the homeowner's discovery, investigators spoke with the store's proprietor who said he had purchased "several other items from Michael Hobbs over a four-month period."

Detectives took photos of those items and compared them with previous reports. They matched several to thefts reported on Buzzard Roost Road, County Road 457, and West Road. The total value of the items was $1,800.

Deputies arrested Hobbs on Sept. 28 on suspicion of felony theft of property and four counts of misdemeanor criminal trespass. He is currently free on $10,000 bond awaiting an Oct. 6 appearance in circuit court.

Several other items Hobbs sold to the store have yet to be identified. Montgomery said the owners may not have reported them stolen.

Photographs of the outstanding items are shown above (Mobile users, click here). Anyone who believes they are the true owners of these items should contact Sgt. Brad Hurst at the Criminal Investigation Division, 870-425-7000.

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