Lee County couple arrested in connection with at least 8 Subway burglaries

Damion Scott 'Pup' Stafford

Damion Scott "Pup" Stafford

Casey Elizabeth Long

Casey Elizabeth Long

Video from NBC-2

A couple suspected in a rash of Subway restaurant burglaries was caught in the act of breaking into another business late Sunday, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators say the pair left their 23-month-old toddler home alone during the crime spree.

Casey Elizabeth Long, 33, and Damion Scott “Pup” Stafford, 30, both of the 1800 block of Lavonia Lane, North Fort Myers, were booked early Monday into Lee County Jail. Each faces seven counts of burglary, five of petty theft, two of criminal mischief and one of child neglect. Stafford additionally faces two counts of possession of burglary tools with the intent to use them.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies have enough evidence so far to connect the pair to at least eight of the 18 Subway burglaries dating to the first of the year, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Schall. He could not say whether they also are suspects in a similar burglary at a Collier County Subway this month. NBC-2 reported that Long worked for Subway for four years.

The voluminous records in the case show that on Feb. 9 a tipster called and said the couple was responsible for the burglaries. Deputies began surveillance of the couple’s house on Feb. 10 and it paid off at 11:40 p.m. Sunday.

Detectives set up a stakeout and observed the couple trying to break into Nail 2001 in the Weaver’s Square shopping center in North Fort Myers on Sunday. The undercover detectives said they observed Long trying to pry the front door of the business open and then Stafford eventually threw a rock through the window portion of the door and then opened it.

They were arrested at the scene.

After they were taken into custody, Long told deputies her son, who will be 2 years old in March, was at their home alone. She gave deputies permission to go to the home and gave them the keys. Deputies found the boy asleep. He did not show any signs of distress. After Florida Department of Children and Family Services investigated, the boy was given to his grandparents, Susan and Matthew Bunch.

While deputies were at the house, they saw a sheet of yellow paper on a dresser with “Subway” written on top. Below that was a list of addresses, some of which were scratched through.

Deputies secured a search warrant and found a hammer “which was used to break the glass.” Long told deputies the hammer was used to enter the Subways and was in the laundry room at their house.

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