NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A family dog was stolen from a home in Leonia, New Jersey after a woman who was house and dog sitting invited a stranger she’d met on Tinder to the home.

On Sunday, August 20, the Leonia Police Department received a call from an 18-year-old woman who reported a theft.

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Police say the woman used the social media app Tinder and met a man online whom she had not previously met. She invited him to the house and he arrived with another man, police said.

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While she was distracted by one of the men, the other was alone in the house. Shortly after they left the home, she noticed that a laptop and package from Amazon were stolen — along with a 2-year-old white female Maltese named Maggie.

The Leonia Police Department is asking for anyone who may have seen Maggie or who has information about this case to call (201) 944-0800 or email

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The Leonia Police Department would also like to remind the public of the following safety tips when using social media apps:
• Do not share personal/financial information on social media
• Meet in a public place when meeting for the first time
• Tell family and friends when meeting someone new for the first time