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(WSVN) – She hired a woman to take care of her cats while she was out of town. When she returned, almost all of her valuables were gone, including something that can never be replaced: her son’s ashes. To help find them, she called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.

Sara had to leave town and needed someone to take care of her two cats. She found a wife through a cat sitting site.

Sara Velasquez: “She came and I showed her around. I showed him where everything was, you know, instructions for cats and so on.

After Sara left, the cat sitter posted a video of Sara’s kitchen showing her taking care of the animals.

Leetah Faye: “I’m going to take some organic cat food, and I’m going to divide it into two bowls.”

Sara Velasquez: “It was shot in my kitchen. I am 100% sure. “

But when Sara returned from her trip, she discovered that the woman had not taken her apartment.

Sara Velasquez: “It was a mess.”

Sara was okay with the mess, until she found out why everything had been thrown away. Almost all of the valuables she owned were gone.

Sara Velasquez: “I opened the other closet and found one of my bags where I had all my silver stuff was practically empty.”

The keys to unlock his cabinets were hidden behind the linen. Someone had found them and unlocked all of his cabinets.

Sara Velasquez: “My mother’s vintage sunglasses were missing, a Gucci watch and another bracelet.”

Nearly $20,000 worth of jewelry was missing, but the biggest loss was a small urn.

Sara Velasquez: “The urn where my baby’s ashes are, so I just freaked out.”

The urn containing the ashes of her son Mateo, who died at the age of one month.

Sara Velasquez: “There are all kinds of thefts and violations, but it’s sacred.”

Sara called the Miami Beach police.

When they arrived, they discovered that a box with photos of the cat sitter had been left behind, and there was a list that read, “Sell Items,” “Home Depot Returns,” and “Items from pledge”.

Miami Beach police found the store where some of Sara’s items had been pawned. Sara went there and she showed the manager a picture of the cat sitter.

Sara Velasquez: “’Yes, it was the lady who came. She’s probably on the cameras, because I have cameras.'”

The pawnshop manager told Sarah that the woman tried to sell him what was probably the urn, but he didn’t buy it.

Sara Velasquez: “”I didn’t take it because it didn’t have the Tiffany and Company seal on it. “”

Sara is waiting now. The police told her not to talk to the cat sitter while they investigate and try to find something that can never be replaced.

Sara Velasquez: “These are sacred remains. You talk about leftovers.

Well, Howard, are a person’s ashes treated any differently than stolen property?

Howard Finkelstein, legal expert for 7News: “Florida law does not provide special protection for a person’s ashes stolen from a home. It’s petty theft. However, if the ballot box or other stolen property is worth more than $100, it is a third degree felony, and if someone sells the items, this is what the law calls trafficking in stolen property, which which can send a person to prison for 15 years. years.”

The manager of the pawn shop told me he couldn’t release a photo of the driver’s license of the person who pawned the items. He gave everything to the police.

Leetah Faye: “Hi. My name is Leetah Faye. I am a world famous dog walker.

We reached out to Leetah Faye, also known as Leetah Faye Nickel, who was Sara’s cat sitter.

She told me she’d never taken anything, texting, “There’s definitely a third party involved here, as I would never steal anyone’s belongings,” and writing, “I think someone stole his key and ransacked it. It’s cruel and horrifying,” adding, “I’m going to find out who did this and find their urn and fix all of this.”

Miami Beach Police told us they would like to speak to Leetah Faye Nickel regarding this investigation.

Sara Velasquez: “This is the bag where I had the Tiffany stuff.”

As Sara goes through her closet, she still realizes there are more things missing, but her goal is to retrieve this irreplaceable item.

Sara Velasquez: “Please just return my ballot box. This is the most important thing.

If you know where Leetah Faye Nickel is, Miami Beach Police would love to hear from you, and of course, if you know where that urn is, Sara would greatly appreciate your help in finding it.

Someone stole your trust in people? Want to see if it can be returned? Contact us. Let’s see if we can figure out a good solution for you.

With this Help me Howard, I’m Patrick Fraser, 7News.

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