A Polk County teacher and her husband have been arrested for their involvement in an adverse possession case, according to the sheriff’s office.
On March 27, Cherie Fields, 25, and her husband, Owen Fields, 27, both of Lakeland, filed for adverse possession of a residence on Echo Lane near Lakeland, the sheriff’s office said. The residence is valued at more than $160,000.
Neighbors and witnesses reported seeing a locksmith at the home and trucks from Rooms-To-Go and Aaron’s Rentals, according to the sheriff’s office. Owen Fields activated the electrical service at the residence on March 27.
Investigators contacted the property owner, Rebecca Skipper, in Running Springs, Calif., and she told investigators that no one had permission to take possession of the home, the sheriff’s office said.
Cherie Fields teaches at Fort Meade Middle-Senior High School. Owen Fields is a night auditor at a local motel.
They were arrested for burglary of a residence, grand theft and scheming to defraud, the sheriff’s office said.
Both were arrested late Wednesday without incident, the sheriff’s office said. Both were transported to the Polk County Jail and have their first appearance Friday.