Man, wife shoot themselves as part of staged home invasion
It was painful attempt to get some cash.
A Florida man and wife are accused of staging a home invasion, and authorities say they shot themselves as part of the elaborate scheme to collect insurance money.
Lindsey Pelton, 36, and 35-year-old Doug Teixeira initially claimed that two men broke into their Deltona home on Oct. 26, but investigators from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office soon poked multiple holes in their story.
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Deputies suspected something wasn't right when they smelled bleach and found dried blood in the home and garage.
"If this incident just occurred and they called police right away, why would you have dried blood and why do we have bleach all over the house," Sheriff Mike Chitwood told the News-Journal.
"Several inconsistencies" were found in the couple's story, according to the sheriff's office, which noted that the crime scene appeared to be staged. Pelton and Teixeira said they were in the shower when the intruders entered the house, but the shower and bath mat were dry. Additionally, cops found no signs of forced entry or tire-spin marks outside.
Surveillance footage revealed no signs of vehicles stopping near the house, other than a school bus.
To make their scheme more convincing, authorities say Pelton shot herself in the forearm and Teixeira wounded himself in the calf. Pelton's shot caused a fractured bone, according to the News-Journal.
However, investigators found .22-caliber bullets at the scene after apparent attempts to hide them.
"Their story was that two guys entered the house and one shot her in the arm and when he came out he was shot in the leg but we were able to determine no one broke into their home," Chitwood told the News-Journal.
Chitwood told the newspaper that the couple intended to "sue the homeowner to collect money." They were so poor they did not have "two pennies to rub together," Pelton's father told investigators, according to the News-Journal.
They were both charged with providing false information to law enforcement, and Teixeira was charged with an additional count of tampering with evidence.
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