A Wayne County man was arrested Monday and charged with stealing two saddles in September from N.C. Ranch, Long County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Thomas Sollosi said.
Jacob Preston Fultz, 20, of Screven, was charged with second-degree burglary.
Sollosi said the saddles were reported stolen Sept. 12 from a saddle room on the ranch.
Nearly six months later, on March 18, the Sheriff’s Office received information that the saddles were at a pawn shop in Jesup.
Deputy Derek Howard found the saddles and suspected them as belonging to N.C. Ranch, and Sollosi confiscated them from the pawn shop, he said.
After further investigation, the Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Fultz on March 21. He was arrested March 28 and sent to the Tattnall County Jail on an $8,000 property bond.
Fultz is a cowboy who has worked “on an irregular basis for the ranch,” Sollosi said. Those duties were related to the ranch’s normal operations, “with emphasis on horses,” according to Sollosi.
N.C. Ranch, on Ciccone Road off Highway 84 between Ludowici and Walthourville, hosts monthly rodeos.