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Local Pet Sitter Suspected of Stealing Jewelry from Homes

photo courtesy NJ State Police

New Jersey residents trusted Melissa Hirschmann to take care of their pets, but she helped herself to much more than furry affection.

The 42-year-old Burlington County pet sitter was accused in April of stealing jewelry from a home.  She is now suspected in other thefts, NJ.com reports.

State Police are asking other clients of Hirschmann who have had noticed jewelry missing in recent months contact them.

Hirschmann, of Medford, was first arrested April 21 and charged with taking more than $2,000 worth of jewelry from a Hainesport home.

Police are now looking into the stealing of approximately $11,000 worth of jewelry from a home in Shamong.

Police believe Hirschmann may be responsible for several other thefts during the past several years that she acted as a pet sitter for local residents.

Authorities believe Hirschmann sold the stolen items to area pawn shops.

If you have any information related to this investigation please contact the Red Lion Station Detective Bureau at (609) 859-2282.

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