A couple wanted in connection with a Palm Coast home burglary was arrested Monday afternoon following a pursuit through Flagler and St. Johns counties.
The pair may be tied to as many as two dozen burglaries in a three-county area during the last six months, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.
"Simply put: This couple made their living off stealing from other people," said Flagler County Sheriff Donald Fleming.
Flagler detectives said they're working with investigators from St. Johns and Volusia counties to clear up what is expected to be at least 24 burglaries between the three counties.
William Fulkerson, 36, of St. Augustine, and Carmen Kilgore, 28, a transient, are suspects in the Oct. 5 burglary of a home on Covington Lane in Palm Coast, deputies said. A video of the break-in was issued by the Sheriff's Office on Friday asking for the public's help in identifying the burglars.
On Monday morning, deputies said they saw a vehicle matching the description of the SUV seen in the video. Around noon, they tried to stop the black SUV on North Parkview Drive in Palm Coast. The driver refused and fled from deputies on a route that snaked through Palm Coast at speeds of between 30 and 40 mph, deputies said.
Deputies said initially the vehicle turned out of Parkview Drive onto Belle Terre Parkway, leading deputies north to Cypress Point Parkway to Walmart to Cypress Edge Drive and then turning onto Palm Coast Parkway eastbound until reaching the northbound ramp to Interstate 95.
At one point, deputies tried to deploy spike strips on Cypress Edge Drive, causing damage to the two tires on the driver's side.
The vehicle was traveling on the interstate at about 70 mph on two rims and two tires, deputies said.
Flagler County's Fireflight assisted with following the vehicle, giving deputies the location and direction of travel from an aerial view. Florida Highway Patrol troopers and St. Johns County deputies joined Flagler County deputies to stop the vehicle when it left I-95 and turned onto U.S. 1 northbound and then headed eastbound on State Road 206.
When the vehicle returned to U.S. 1 and headed northbound, St. Johns County deputies were able to halt the vehicle by deploying spike strips.
Fulkerson is being held in the St. Johns County jail on charges of felony fleeing, eluding a police officer and criminal mischief. Kilgore was still being questioned by detectives Monday afternoon.
Deputies said both are facing additional charges in Flagler, St. Johns and Voluisa counties.