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Palmerton woman gets state jail time for thefts, forgery

Published April 20. 2011 05:00PM

A Palmerton woman was sentenced to a lengthy state prison term in Carbon County court on Monday on charges of theft and forgery.

Nicole Bollinger, 23, was sentenced by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to serve a total of 18 to 36 months in a state facility on charges of theft, retail theft and forgery.

Bollinger previously pleaded guilty to the two theft counts and yesterday pleaded to the forgery charge.

Bollinger's accomplice in one theft count, Dillion Nicole Koch, 21, of Lehighton, was also sentenced yesterday. Koch received a sentenced of time-served (111 days) to 23 months in prison.

Bollinger and Koch were arrested by Lehighton police for taking various jewelry from the home of Patricia Bjorkman on or about Feb. 27, 2010. The two were living at the residence at the time.

Bjorkman told Webb that she had not recovered any of the stolen jewelry, which was not only valuable but had great sentamental value that could never be replaced.

She also said that she was a mentor to Bollinger and was trying to help her. She said Bollinger brought Koch into the home and she also tried to help her.

The jewelry, according to the police report, had an estimated value of $5,520.

Bjorkman told Webb, "No remorse has ever been shown."

The retail theft charge stems from a May 19, 2010, incident at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township where Nintedo games were taken with a value of $756.

The forgery count stems from a Franklin Township arrest. Bollinger took checks from the home of Linda Billig and forged her name on at least two of eight taken for a total loss of $1,875. Bollinger was staying at the victim's home at the time.

In addition to the jail term, Bollinger was ordered to pay total resitution in the cases of $3,875, supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, get both drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendations for treatment, have no contact with the victims or her co-defendant, and zero tolerance on D&A use. She was given credit for 190 days spent in jail on the charges.

Koch was odered to make restitution of $2,000, get both D&A and mental health evaluations, no contact with the victim or Bollinger, supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, and get her General Education Diploma (GED).

Both must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation and parole.

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