'Bonnie and Clyde' Stay One Step Ahead of Cops

They're suspected in robberies across 4 states
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2016 1:57 PM CST
'Bonnie and Clyde' Stay One Step Ahead of Cops
Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Harper   (Hoover Police Department)

A Missouri couple is allegedly robbing its way across the American South with the FBI and US Marshals hot on its heels, AL.com reports. "I guess they see themselves as some kind of modern-day Bonnie and Clyde,'' one Missouri lawman says. The crime spree may have started as early as Jan. 22, when Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Harper are suspected of stealing guns from a Missouri doctor's home. Four days later, they allegedly stole a car, using it to lead a police chase two days after that. According to ABC News, the couple is suspected of robbing a hotel and taking the clerk hostage on Sunday. Later that day, they allegedly tried to carjack the manager of a McDonald's before stealing another car and kidnapping its owner, ultimately dropping her off at a hospital. Those three crimes took place across a 60-mile stretch of Alabama, Fox News reports.

The spree continued Monday with the couple allegedly robbing a Georgia gas station and briefly kidnapping its cashier. Most recently, they're suspected of robbing a Florida Piggly Wiggly on Wednesday before fleeing back across the state line. It appears Fitzgerald, a convicted felon with three children, has been teasing police on Facebook. “I wasn’t planning on going for a run today, but those cops came out of nowhere,” ABC quotes his Facebook page. "We have no idea why they're running or where they're running from or running to," one Tuscaloosa police officer tells Fox. An officer dozens of miles away had a similar question: "We want to know what the motivation is. I mean, what's the whole point in all of this?" Fitzgerald and Harper, both in their 30s, are considered armed and dangerous. (Read more armed robbery stories.)

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