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Swanzey pet sitter pleads guilty to stealing coins from home

Union Leader Correspondent

September 25. 2018 8:48PM


KEENE — A Swanzey pet sitter who stole close to $2,000 in coins from her client is set to serve jail time as part of a plea agreement reached in Cheshire Superior Court.

Cindy Lou Breen, 56, of 60 S. Winchester St. was charged earlier this year with stealing $1,900 in coins from a Hinsdale woman who hired her to pet sit back in February, according to court records.

Terry Newell, the victim, called police when she noticed coins missing from cans she kept around her house, including coins saved for a planned vacation and commemorative coins she collected. Newell told police that Breen was the only person who had access to her home.

Breen denied the allegations when initially confronted by police.

“She stated that she would never steal from people she works for,” wrote Hinsdale police Det. Melissa Evans in an affidavit. “She brought up that Newell had set her up (with a job) cleaning for a couple in Putney, Vt.”

On the same day she was questioned by Evans, the couple in Putney discovered they too were missing a large sum of coins from their house, and that the coins had been replaced by rocks from their driveway, according to the report from Evans.

Under questioning from Vermont State Police, Breen reportedly admitted to taking the coins from the Putney couple. Tracy Shriver, the Windham County State’s Attorney in Brattleboro, Vt., said Breen pleaded guilty to larceny and is currently involved in a restorative justice program and scheduled to make restitution in the Putney case. If Breen fails the program, she will be back in the Brattleboro court to be sentenced to jail time, Shriver said.

Under the terms of the plea agreement in New Hampshire, Breen will serve 60 days in jail. The sentencing has been delayed as Breen is dealing with a sick relative.

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