SWFL woman happy fugitive couple arrested in Collier County

A cross-country crime spree for a man and woman is over, and we spoke to a woman in Southwest Florida who was among many people who fell victim.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office says Anatoly Kutsar, 39, and Rachael Noel Kaz-Clark were to blame for thousands of personal items, including family heirlooms and expensive gadgets, being stolen and found in a storage unit at a Holiday Inn Express in Collier County.

“They do this for a living,” Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said. “They commit crime for a living, from Washington to Florida, and we are suspecting many states in between.”

Dozens and dozens of personal items were confiscated by Collier County deputies.

“It’s something that would be something similar to a movie,” Laura Cox said.

Cox was one of the victims. Her credit card was supposed to arrive in the mail, but she never saw it.

“I usually go out and get my mail every day, so I don’t know how they were able to get it so quickly,” Cox said.

Cox was not alone. Deputies say multiple mail bins were taken from a post office at the Villas of Capris Sept. 20. That mail was stored in a storage unit on Tollgate Boulevard in Collier County, near I-75. The next day, deputies arrived at the Holiday Inn Express next-door.

That’s when Kutsar and Kaz Clark tried to escape.

“They had a hole in the room,” Rambosk said. “They were in to get into the room that was next door, so they tried climbing out of that window.”

The two ran, and one of the deputies used a Taser on Kutsar. He ripped the probes off and continued to run, but the two did not get far.

But they were eventually arrested, bringing an end to the duo’s nationwide crime spree.

The two had eight out-of-state felony warrants between them. Kutsar had a truck parked outside the hotel that was reported stolen in Washington state. He is facing six charges from Washington state, and Kaz Clark faces charges for criminal mischief and resisting without violence.

“When people do things like this that, they do get caught,” Cox said.

Reporter:Zach Oliveri
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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