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Police: Dog Walker Stole From Northern Virginia Families



    Dog Walker Accused of Stealing From Clients

    A woman who worked as a dog walker and pet sitter in Northern Virginia is accused of stealing from clients. Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports. (Published Monday, Sept. 12, 2016)

    A woman who Northern Virginia residents allowed into their homes to walk their dogs is accused of stealing from them.

    Margarita Denison, 34, of Alexandria, was arrested after clients in Arlington returned home from vacation and found her inside their home with a man, police said. The homeowners discovered jewelry missing and called police.

    The company that employed Denison, Time for a Walk, was contacted and called Denison into their office. Soon after, she and Matthew Pair, 30, of Waldorf, Maryland, were arrested and charged with burglary plus breaking and entering.

    Police then discovered that other clients of Denison's in Arlington and Fairfax counties had reported thefts. They had lost a Cartier watch, Willie Mays baseball cards and other valuables.

    "Anything that they could really get their hands on that could result in a profit, that's what they were taking," Arlington County Police Department spokeswoman Ashley Savage said.

    Police say Pair sold many of the items at a gold shop in Charles County. Many of the items were recovered and others were found in Denison's home, police said. 

    Police say Denison and Pair were recorded on a jailhouse phone call talking about the price of some of the items they are accused of stealing: novelty Garbage Pail Kids cards with depictions of Donald Trump.

    Police said the owner of Time for a Walk, Christina Keough, has cooperated fully with the investigation and notified all of Denison's clients. Keough said she was devastated by the breach of her clients' trust. She said the first arrest in her company's 10-year history has prompted her to tighten security. She said she already had run criminal background checks and contacted references for employees.