A 53-year-old Jacksonville man called police on Oct. 1 at 11:21 a.m., claiming the furnished apartment he’d been subletting to a couple had been cleaned out.
According to the man and his wife, the tenants — a 24-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman — moved into the Palm Place apartment in 2011 and had recently vacated in order to move from Neptune Beach to Washington, D.C.
The man and his wife were checking the apartment and found that most of the furniture, appliances and housewares had been taken. According to them, a dining room set, sofa, big screen TV, television stand, wall lights, silverware, dishes, wall art and linens valued at $25,000 to $30,000 were stolen.
The tenants were contacted; they claimed that they threw away a stained white sofa and dismantled a television stand to store it in the garage upon moving in. The couple also claimed that nothing else was present when they moved in and that they used their own belongings to furnish the apartment.
Investigators are currently looking for more leads. If charged and convicted, the two face felony-level grand theft charges.