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Upstate couple's life savings stolen from bedroom closet

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The thieves busted the couple's back door to get in. (July 1, 2014/FOX Carolina) The thieves busted the couple's back door to get in. (July 1, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Surveillance picture from the woman's home security system is shown.  (July 1, 2014/FOX Carolina) Surveillance picture from the woman's home security system is shown. (July 1, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate couple said nearly $30,000 was stolen from their bedroom closet. The pair said they know the man who did it, but now he's nowhere to be found.

Greenville County deputies said they have warrants out to arrest Jamaal Byers, 22, on charges of grand larceny and conspiracy. They said he's the one seen in surveillance pictures from the couple's home when the money was stolen.

The couple, who wants to remain anonymous, said they thought Byers had been their friend. They let him stay at their home but said now they wish they had done more research beforehand.

The Greenville County woman said she knew that Byers had been in trouble in the past, but she and her boyfriend didn't know that he had a criminal background that included break-ins and even weapons charges.

She said Byers plays on her boyfriend's baseball team, and they've known each other for at least eight years.

When he stayed with them, she said she now realizes that he must have been scoping out their belongings while they were at work.

"It's not something that we publicize or talk about that we have money in the house, so the only way you would've known that we had money is you went snooping and actually found it," the woman said.

On June 23, she was alerted with an email from her home security system with pictures of two men in her living room. She said she recognized one man as Byers, but she didn't know the other man.

Her security system documented movement in her living room at 1:58 and 1:59 p.m. She thinks they knew that they needed to be quick because they knew she had a security system.

When the woman and her boyfriend got home, they found that their life savings, $28,400 in cash, was gone.

FOX Carolina contacted Byers' stepmother, who said she has not talked to him in weeks and has no idea where he is. She was surprised to hear that he is wanted.

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