TAMPA — Detectives formed piles of hundred dollar bills, stacks of twenties, a row of 1-ounce gold coins and a collection of jewelry including a Tiffany & Co. horseshoe necklace. That amounted to nearly $200,000 returned to a Westchase couple whose home was burglarized last week.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office charged James Wiggins, 28, and Elizabeth Woodcock, 24, with burglary and grand theft. Among the stolen items: $150,000 cash, 62 gold coins valued at $100,000, electronics and jewelry including bracelets, necklaces and rings.
Deputies said Woodcock and Wiggins, who is the nephew of Westchase residents Shayne Robinson and Donya Henry, entered the home at 3:30 p.m. June 18. Both Woodcock and Wiggins admitted committing the crimes, according to a Sheriff's Office report.
Wiggins showed detectives where he hid the money and coins. Investigators said both told investigators they threw the jewelry out the car window, afraid that the easily identifiable items would link them to the theft.
Police searched the area of Bearss Avenue and Lake Magdalene Boulevard on Friday and found four pieces of jewelry, including the Tiffany necklace, silver earrings and a heart charm bracelet.
Detectives also returned $142,853 and 22 gold coins, worth $35,000, to the couple. Wiggins and Woodcock spent some of the money on clothes and cellphones at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and denied knowledge regarding the other coins, according to the report.