A Navarre couple were arrested on numerous theft charges after it was determined the duo stole from an individual who was allowing them to stay in their shed in their backyard.
According a the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Melody Harvell and Frank Landry were both arrested following the investigation. Harvell was charged with Burglary and Grand Theft. Landry was charged with Fraud and Grand Theft.
According to the incident report, a couple who lives on Calle Mio in Navarre were allowing Harvell and Lanrdy to stay in their shed located behind their home. They were only allowed inside of the residence to use the restroom, the report indicated.
The couple who live in the home called law enforcement after they noticed over $1,000 worth of jewelry was missing from their bedroom shortly after the duo moved in. The couple also noted that tools were coming up missing from the shed that the suspects were living in.
The victim later confronted Landry about the missing tools, which he denied taking. Some of the tools were later found at local pawn shops that Landry had taken them to.
A witness later came forward alleging they thought they saw Harvell steal jewelry from a jewelry box located inside of the victim’s bedroom, despite Harvell not being allowed inside of the bedroom. The witness claimed that back in July she observed Harvell looking at one of the victim’s jewelry boxes. When the witness asked Harvell what she was doing, the suspect claimed she was just picking up a stuffed animal that had fallen over on the dresser.
The witness told law enforcement that she noticed that Harvell kept one of her hands tightly clenched as if she was concealing something. The couple who owned the jewelry were not home at the time the witness claimed she thought she saw Harvell take the jewelry.
Following the investigation, the SRSO arrested Harvell and Landry on Sept. 28. They both remain behind bars as of press time with $15,000 bond each.