Two arrested after two Baxter Co. homes were burglarized

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT)-  Two Baxter County residents are now behind bars, accused of breaking into two separate homes.

Sheriff John Montgomery said Nicole Amber Sienko, 24, of Salesville, and Jonathan Matthew Porter, 22, of Norfork, were arrested Monday after two homes were broken into in November. A home on County Rd. 254 was burglarized on November 4. The same victim reported a forged check in her name. The check was marked payable to Sienko. Thanks to the teller at a Mountain Home Bank, Sienko's license plate number was documented after the check was cashed.

While Baxter County authorities were searching for the vehicle, it was discovered that Porter was the driver and Sienko was the passenger when the fraudulent check was cashed at the Mountain Home bank.

Sheriff Montgomery said Sienko later admitted to stealing an engagement ring from the home on County Rd. 254, as well as stealing and forging the check. Both suspects admitted to pawning the ring at a local pawn shop and Porter admitted that they stole fishing equipment from a second home in Baxter County.

Sienko is now charged with residential burglary, two counts of forgery, and two counts of theft. She's held on $20,000 bond and is expected in court on December 5.

Porter is charged with residential burglary and two counts of theft. He's held on $10,000 bond and is also expected in court on December 5.

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