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$200,000 in Stolen Property Returned to Westchase Couple

Hillsborough County Sheriffs Deputies have charged two people in the crime. One person was related to the victims.

A Tiffany & Co. horseshoe neckalce, 62 gold coins and a slew of electronics.

These were among the items stolen from a Westchase couple last month, according to this Carrollwood-Northdale Patch story.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office charged James Wiggins, 28, and Elizabeth Woodcock, 24, with burglary and grand theft of Shayne Robinson and Donya Henry, who live in the Westchase area, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

According to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office media release, Wiggins and Woodcock both of 17780 Swordfish Drive A in Lutz were charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and grand theft.

The incident that led to the arrest occurred around 3:30 p.m. June 18 when detectives say the two entered a home and took $150,000 in cash, 62 1-ounce gold coins, jewelry and electronics from the home. The total value of the property was nearly $250,000, the release said.

Wiggins, the victims' nephew, was later identified as a suspect. After detectives spoke with him, he is said to have admitted to taking the property. He showed detectives where the money and coins were hidden.

During an interview with detectives, both Wiggins and Woodcock said they threw the jewelry out of their car so they couldn’t be caught with items that connected them to the burglary, the release said. The stolen items were found on June 22 in the area of Bearss Avenue and Lake Magdalene Boulevard.

Detectives were able to recover $142,853.00 in cash and 22 of the 1-ounce gold coins valued at $35,000.00.  

Woodcock and Wiggins said they did spend some of the money on cell phones, gambling and clothing.

Are you concerned about being a target for burglars? What have you done to protect yourself? Let us know in the comments section.

Editor's note: This article was updated July 11 at 8:10 a.m. to include more information about the incident.

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