Irma evacuees' homes burglarized, car stolen in Tallahassee

By: Lanetra Bennett I Eyewitness News
September 13, 2017

Courtesy: MGN
Courtesy: MGN

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Irma isn't the only thing that hit our area this week. Thieves hit up homes in Tallahassee.

Tyler Simmons got a call while he, his wife and two-year-old son were evacuated from the storm. When he got a call that something was wrong, he thought a tree had fallen on his car. He was told there was no car.

The car had been stolen from his front yard on Shoreline Drive.

Simmons said a burglar got the key to the silver 2004 Toyota Camry from inside of his home. He says someone broke in by breaking the glass back door.

He says they also stole his TV, laptop, PlayStation 4, and an envelope filled with money to pay bills.

Simmons says two chain saws were stolen from the back porch. He says the stolen car ran out of gas, so it was found just around the corner.

"It's really, really shocking. We left thinking that this storm was going to be even worse than last year's storm. Come to find out, yeah, it was worse. But just in a completely different way." Simmons said.

Shauntell Smith lives next door in the duplex with Simmons. She was also burglarized. She believes the suspect(s) broke the glass, then reached in and unlocked the back door.

Smith says she is missing TVs, clothes, shoes, and phones.

"I don't feel safe being at home. I just don't feel safe at all because the person has not been caught yet, whoever they were. We don't know who it was. It can be somebody sitting right in our face smiling. We don't even know." Said, Smith.

The police report says this case is open, but inactive due to the lack of leads.

Simmons' co-workers set up a GoFundMe page. To donate, click here.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station. powered by Disqus