A Mammoth Spring couple was arrested by Sharp County deputies for their role in the break-in at a vacant home on East C.C. Road near Hardy.
Neil Barker Jr., 40, and Jennifer J. Dement, 35, are charged with residential burglary, a class B felony, and theft of property, a class C felony.
Matt Martin told Deputy Tim McComas that someone had broken into a vacant home belonging to him between Feb. 1 and March 4, stealing household items with a total value of more than $4,600, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said. Some of the stolen goods included two German beer steins and a china cabinet.
McComas located the steins at Highland Pawn Shop. Pawn shop personnel told McComas that Dement and Barker had recently pawned the items, Weaver said.
In a post-miranda statement taken March 16, the day of Barker's arrest, he confessed to the theft, telling McComas that he and Dement broke into the home and took several items without Martin's permission, Weaver said. He admitted that the two had pawned the steins and had more of the stolen goods at their home, Weaver said.
Barker's is free on a $15,000 bond. Police arrested Dement March 23 and she is free on a $10,000 bond.