LAKELAND, Fla. - A Lakeland woman with a long wrap criminal record was arrested for breaking into a Lakeland home after the homeowners found her standing over their baby’s crib last Friday, according to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report.
Officials say 31-year-old Megan Michelle Jones was working with another man to burglarize the victim’s home, located on Cherry Tree Drive.
Apparently Jones lived in the same neighborhood.
According to the victims, they heard a noise on the baby monitor that sounded like someone was in their baby's room, and when they went into the room they saw Jones leaning into the baby's crib.
The male homeowner grabbed Jones.
He said Jones told him, "It's not what you think," and asked him not to throw her out, saying, "He's gonna kill me."
Detectives say the “he” Jones was referring to was the male suspect who was outside the house at the time, committing the burglary with her.
The homeowner threw the suspect out of his house and called police.
The victims gave deputies a detailed description of the suspect, which also matched the description of a suspect wanted in another burglary that same night.
The suspect got inside the home by breaking a living room window and crawling through it.
The baby was not harmed.
The suspect was positively identified as Megan Jones, and detectives found her on April 1.
Jones admitted to breaking a window at a house in her neighborhood in Lakeland, but claimed she had been drinking that night and doesn't remember what happened.
Jones was previously processed at the Polk County Jail on February 16 for Knowingly Driving While License Suspended and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and sentenced to 30 days in the work release program.
She was serving that sentence when she committed this crime. She has now been booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with one count Kidnapping and one count Unarmed Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling
Jones has been arrested on eight prior occasions for charges including Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Reckless Driving, and several counts of Battery, dating back to 2003.
"Luckily nobody was injured during Megan Jones' crime spree. These victims did the right thing by not engaging with the suspect, removing her from their home, and then immediately calling law enforcement,” Sheriff Grady Judd said.
“With their quick thinking and cooperation, we were able to swiftly identify and apprehend this suspect before she victimized any other families."
Officials are still searching for the man who was with Jones.
Anyone with information is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-tips (8477).
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