An AWOL sailor and his girlfriend, wanted in a string of South Jersey crimes, were arrested early Wednesday in Cleveland after a monthlong hunt, authorities said.
Teague Caton, 20, of Medford, and Jacqueline Negra, 23, of Cherry Hill, had been running from authorities since early Nov. 10, when they allegedly raced out of an Edgewater Park roadside lot with a police officer hanging from the window of Caton's truck.
The officer, who was not seriously injured, had tried to arrest Caton on outstanding warrants. Caton's family had also reported him missing after he failed to return to his Navy base in Norfolk, Va., after a family visit.
In the days after that incident, police say the couple burglarized a Voorhees home and hocked stolen jewelry at a Cherry Hill gold shop.
Negra, who according to her family is seriously ill with kidney disease, had called relatives in recent weeks saying she was scared to come home, her family said. She and Caton began dating in October, her family said.
Shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday, a Cleveland officer found the pair sleeping in Caton's truck in a residential neighborhood outside the city, authorities said. They were arrested without incident after their warrants appeared in a database, said Cleveland Officer Nancy Dominik.
They were held in Cleveland awaiting extradition to New Jersey, where they face a host of charges in Camden and Burlington Counties. Caton also faces Navy charges, authorities said.