A Caledonia man was duped into selling his mother's jewelry after police say his girlfriend stole the pieces but told him they belonged to her mother.
Angela Sienko, 23, of South Milwaukee, was formally charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count of theft, movable property. If convicted, she could face up to nine months in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, Caledonia police were called to a home in the 8800 block of Douglas Avenue on Jan. 15 for a report of theft. When officers arrived, residents said they were missing a ring that had been well-hidden. At first, the couple said they thought their son may have committed the crime because of his drug habit.
The woman also reportedly told officers several other pieces of jewelry had gone missing. Investigators discovered a local jewelry store had several transactions with the couple's son, including one with the ring in which he got $39 for it and, it turns out, a few more pieces, the complaint reads.
Records from the store - including copies of the man's driver's license - turned over to police led officers to Sienko, who admitted to taking three heart pendants and the ring and telling her boyfriend she took them from her mother so he would sell them. Police say Sienko told them she needed the money because she wasn't working and she would have sold them herself, but she didn't have a photo ID.
The total value of the ring was $680, and the pendants were valued at $100 each, the complaint reads.
The Racine County District Attorney was ready to charge Sienko with theft in February, but had to issue a warrant for Sienko's arrest when she didn't appear in court.
Sienko was in custody Tuesday, and she made her initial appearance. She was released on a $1,000 signature bond and a pre-trial conference is scheduled for June 20.