Repayment of $13,000 ordered in Naperville dog walker case

Catherine A. Lippencott
Catherine A. Lippencott

A woman from Naperville is being given two years to repay the nearly $13,000 she stole two years ago while working as a dog walker.

If the woman, Catherine A. Lippencott, makes restitution and successfully completes DuPage County’s Mental Illness Court Alternative Program, or MICAP, the felony charge of theft that stands against her will be dismissed, said Paul Darrah, spokesman for State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin.

Lippencott, 42, last lived in the Springbrook Estates area of Naperville’s southwest side. She was arrested in 2012 and charged with stealing $12,910 from three people while working as their dog walker.

Records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton indicated Lippencott appeared there Friday, and is scheduled to return July 19 for a status hearing before Associate Judge Bruce R. Kelsey.

Darrah confirmed Lippencott formally pleaded guilty May 23 to a charge of theft or unauthorized control over more than $10,000 but less than $100,000. Kelsey that day admitted her into the MICAP program and ordered her sentence be “stayed,” or delayed, he said.

MICAP is a two-year program for first-time, nonviolent offenders. Darrah said if Lippencott completes it and makes restitution, “the charge against her gets (dismissed) and it will not go on her record, and that will be that.”

Naperville police in 2012 said Lippencott at the time of the thefts was working through a temp agency as a dog walker. One or more of her clients provided her with keys to their homes, so that she could do her work.

A woman told police she hired Lippencott in December 2008 and became suspicious of her in mid-January 2012, after learning an attempt had been made to obtain money from a bank account that was overdrawn, a police spokesman said.

Investigators subsequently learned $7,400 had been stolen from a bank or credit union account as a result of forgeries Lippencott made, the spokesman said.

That client lost a total of $12,780, while two other people lost $80 and $50, respectively, the spokesman said.

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