Couple sought in southern crime spree suspected in gun theft

Police say a couple suspected in a series of robberies and abductions in Alabama and Georgia also are suspects in the theft of guns from a Missouri house a few days before the crime spree.

Joplin police Cpl. Chuck Niess told The Associated Press on Thursday that police in Joplin, Missouri, wanted to interview suspects Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Nicole Harper about the Jan. 22 break-in, "but they obviously left the area."

Details of the Missouri burglary were reported Wednesday by the Alabama news site (

Police have linked the Missouri couple to a series of crimes in Alabama and Georgia, saying the offenses fit a similar pattern: People are robbed, kidnapped and let go unharmed, usually after a vehicle is stolen.