A story you'll see only on FOX10 News tonight. Two people, who Foley Police are calling a "modern day Bonnie and Clyde", are behind bars after a crime spree that spanned two states.
Detectives say 25-year-old Chase Blackburn and 20-year-old Haley Watson stole three cars from three different counties while they were on the run. Surveillance video caught two of those alleged thefts.
"They didn't care who they hurt, or what kind of crimes they committed. It was just whatever benefited them at the time,” said Detective Michelle Oliver with Foley Police.
She says the two, who are originally from the Pensacola area, forced a man out of his Ford Explorer at a liquor store parking lot in Pensacola.
There's no video of that incident, but just hours later, they were seen on video at the Walmart in Foley, where the next victim pulls up beside them in the parking lot.
"I needed to run to Walmart and get coffee,” said the victim, who didn’t want to show her face. “Just to run in there and run out."
She says she made a split second decision to leave her purse and keys inside her car.
"I just placed them underneath the floor mat, and I guess they were watching."
In a matter of seconds, her red Nissan was gone.
"You see the male suspect exit the driver seat of the Explorer. The female suspect moves over to the driver’s side. The male suspect gets into our victims vehicle, and simultaneously, both of the vehicles back out and drive away,” said Oliver.
The Ford Explorer was found abandoned nearby, and hundreds of dollars were spent in Pensacola on the victim's credit cards.
"It makes me sad and angry that people could do that,” said the victim.
The two were then spotted in Valley City near Auburn. Police say in surveillance from that area, the two are seen moving their belongings from the red Nissan to a black Chevy Malibu, while that driver was inside a store.
"They stole her vehicle and ditched the vehicle that was stolen from Foley,” said Oliver.
Not long after that, several law enforcement agencies were able to track them to a motel in Valley City, where they found much more evidence.
"Methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, along with stolen checks and stolen credit cards,” said Oliver. “They looked like they had been up for several days. She is wearing men's underwear, and from my experience, I would say yes, they were coming off of drugs."
Investigators say Blackburn is a repeat offender who had just gotten out of prison.
"Four-year prison stint for similar crimes, including grand theft auto. While he's been out since October, he committed another grand theft crime. He was arrested and was bonded out. He was actually supposed to appear at court during this time he was playing Bonnie and Clyde,” said Oliver.
The pair are behind bars at Chambers County Jail facing a slew of charges. After they face a judge there, they will be extradited back to both Baldwin and Escambia counties for further prosecution.
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