Nicole Sienko, Jonathan Porter (Photos: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)
BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Two Baxter County residents are in custody after being arrested yesterday, Dec. 2, on charges related to the burglary of two separate residences.
On Nov. 4, a homeowner on Baxter CR 254 reported to the Sheriff's Office that there was an engagement ring and Tom Tom GPS unit missing from her home, valued at $600. The victim advised Sheriff's Investigators of two potential suspects who had been in her home prior to these items becoming missing.
Nov. 18, the same victim reported to the Sheriff's Office that a check had been written and forged on her personal bank account for $180. The check had been made payable to one of the suspects she had previously named, being Nicole Amber Sienko. The check was cashed at a Mountain Home bank, and the teller at the drive-thru recorded the license plate number on the vehicle.
After receiving this information, Sheriff's Investigator Sgt. Brad Hurst went to an address in Salesville in an attempt to locate Sienko. While there, he observed a vehicle bearing the same license plate number that the bank teller had written down. Sienko was not found at that time, however the registered owner of the vehicle informed Sgt. Hurst that he had transported Sienko in his vehicle to the bank to cash the check and that she was accompanied by another man, identified as Jonathan M. Porter.
Several days prior to transporting Sienko and Porter to the bank, the vehicle owner had reported to the Sheriff's Office on Nov. 13 that some fishing equipment had been stolen from his own residence on Highway 5 South in Salesville. These items were valued at approximately $60.
Dec. 2, Sgt. Hurst interviewed Sienko and Porter about these incidents. During the interview, Sienko admitted to stealing the engagement ring from the residence on CR 254, as well as stealing and forging the $180 check and cashing it at the bank. Sienko and Porter also admitted to pawning the ring at a local pawn shop, and Porter admitted that both of them had entered the second residence and stole the fishing equipment.
Sienko, 24 of Salesville, has been charged with residential burglary, second degree forgery, and two counts of theft of property. She is being held in lieu of $20,000 bond and will appear in Circuit Court on Dec. 5.
Porter, 22-years-old of Norfork, has been charged with residential burglary, and two counts of theft of property. He is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond and will also appear in Circuit Court on Dec. 5.