LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A couple from Ohio is behind bars after leading Lee County deputies on a high-speed chase. Authorities say Rachel Bagley and Casey Meyers spent the last few weeks squatting at Meyers' grandfather's house, while pawning items from the home!
Meyers and Bagley appeared before a judge, after committing a series of crimes deputies say stemmed back to at least the near-beginning of the month. They were arrested yesterday, in a chase that began after the couple left a pawn shop. During the course of the pursuit, the Sheriff's Office say Meyers backed into a parked car and almost ran over deputy.
The pair first got on local law enforcement's radar after leaving Ohio. Deputies say the couple was living with Meyers' grandfather there, when they allegedly stole jewlery and disappeared two weeks ago. When they turned up again, deputies say they were squatting in the grandfather's part-time Fort Myers home. They're accused of breaking in, stealing, then trying to pawn the items at several area shops.
Deputies finally caught them after tracing stolen items to Larry's Pawn on Cleveland Avenue, where employees offered lure the couple in to be arrested.
"We helped the law enforcement to help them get them off the street. We figured we'd give them a call, see if we can get them in here. They stopped in just trying to get everyone off the streets who's doing anything bad," said Ryan Close, with Larry's Pawn.
Meyers was granted $71,000 bond. Bagley was denied bond since there's an out-of-state warrant for drug charges.