NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - There’s not much left of Charles Jeffers' house after deputies say thieves burned it down. He and his wife lived there for 15 years and didn't plan on leaving. Now Jeffers said they no choice.
“I don't own a pair of long pants, as of right now,” Jeffers said, “they all got burned up!”
He spent the afternoon with deputies, getting back stuff thieves stole from him before they burned down his house.
“Jewelry and watches, my wife's jewelry and watches,” he said, showing an evidence bag full of jewelry.
Deputies say David Debenedictis and Angela Halcomb robbed Jeffers' house last week, stealing guns, jewelry, cash, and more. When Debenedictis cut his hand during the heist, they say he started the fire to hide the evidence.
Deputies later found most of what Debenedictis stole hidden at his house, along with stolen items from other robberies across the county. Jeffers said it's tough trying to move on, after something like this.
“Next we're going to find a house and start all over again,” Jeffers said.
He's at least happy to get some of it back. “We're still hoping for some of the stuff, but that's where we are right now. It's a long process - there's no way you're gonna make money off of having your house burned down,” he said.
Jeffers hopes deputies recover more of his things. He and his wife say they're through with this area though, they are moving to Tennessee.