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Jason Matz steals while looking in on friend's family cat, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jan 18 2013 02:09:59 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 18 2013 02:18:11 PM CST
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A man is facing charges for stealing jewelry and camera gear from his friend's family's house while his friend was tending to her father and sister's cat six months ago.

Jason D. Matz took a $400 gold wedding band, a $100 gold necklace with a cross, a $200 silver cameo necklace-and-earrings set, and a $500 Nikon digital camera and lens from the home of David Deegan and his daughter, Courtney Deegan, 820 North New St., Bethlehem, on July 15, officials said.

The Deegans discovered the items missing when they returned from an out-of-town trip, officials said.

Matz was in the home with David Deegan's daughter, Tabitha, and another friend, Heather Vanic, while Tabitha was checking on her father and younger sister's cat, officials said, adding that Vanic was with Tabitha Deegan the entire time they were in the home, but Matz was not.

Sales records from the EZ Money pawn shop, 20 West 4th St., Bethlehem, showed Matz tried to sell the camera and lens for $50 on July 16, officials said, noting that police found Matz, whom they described as a heroin addict, with the camera and lens when arrested.

Matz, 27, of 2550 Oakside Drive, Bethlehem, was arraigned Thursday night on charges of theft and receiving stolen property and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $5,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 31.