A Fairfield County dog sitter is in police custody after turning herself in this week for allegedly stealing more than $20,000 worth of jewelry from an employer, investigators said.
On Monday, April 1, a member of the Westport County Police Department’s Detective Bureau was contacted by a local resident who had seen a recent news report related to an arrest made of Shelton resident Jill Campoli earlier this year.
Police said that in the initial case, Campoli had been arrested for stealing jewelry and flatware from a victim who had employed her for dog sitting and grooming. Those items were then sold to a local pawn business.
According to investigators, the new complainant reported that she had employed Campoli in the same capacity from approximately 2017 through 2018 at which time Campoli at times had full unsupervised access to her residence.
“Seeing this news release prompted her to do a more thorough search of her home for a particular necklace that she had been looking for during the several months prior,” they said. “She was unsuccessful in locating the item, prompting her call to police.”
The victim was shown several photos of items sold at local pawn shops by Campoli, and she was able to identify her missing necklace, as well as several other pieces of jewelry that had allegedly been stolen and pawned.
Investigators noted that additionally, the victim was able to locate a photo online, which was posted by Campoli, in which she is wearing the necklace.
In total, the stolen items have a reported value of approximately $23,750.
Police said that “Campoli was interviewed and claimed that a friend who had assisted her with her business had stolen the items and that she merely had sold them for her. That individual was contacted and interviewed. She denied that allegation, stating that she was aware that Campoli had been selling jewelry but was told that it had belonged to an ex-fiancé.”
Following the investigation, an arrest warrant for Campoli was applied for and granted, charging her with first-degree larceny. Camponi turned herself in at Westport Police Headquarters on Wednesday, July 22 and is currently being held in lieu of $50,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court at a later date to respond to the charge.
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