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Dog-Sitter Steals $4K From Home While Owner is Vacationing, Sources Say

By Nicholas Rizzi | August 29, 2016 1:26pm

STATEN ISLAND — A woman asked to dog-sit while her friend was on vacation took $4,000 in jewelry and a camera from the owner's home, a law enforcement source said.

Patricia Gillen, 57, pawned the items taken when she went to the Staten Island home to collect the dog for walking, a law enforcement source said.

She took rings, earrings, a chain, a bracelet and a camera, the source said.

Between Aug. 15 and Aug. 22, Gillen took the goods — which included a wedding band — to Gold Rush Refineries, at 1805 Forest Ave., and pawned them for cash, prosecutors said.

Despite her haul being worth $4,040, Gillen only got $455 from the pawn shop, according to court papers.

Investigators were able to find receipts from Gold Rush using an online database and arrested Gillen on Aug. 24, prosecutors said.

She was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property at her arraignment, the Staten Island District Attorney's office said.

She was released without bail and had an order of protection issued against her, according to online court records. She's due back in court on Nov. 15.

Her lawyer, Philip Mattina, did not comment on the case.