Deputies then entered the residence, where they found the man, whom police identified as "Martin," and his girlfriend, whom police identified as "Liz." Police said neither person had "ties" to the residence.
Once in custody, Liz made a shocking admission. She told police she was the unresponsive 911 caller, admitting she called because they wanted police assistance moving items from the house and a ride to the airport.
"[Liz] said she called 911 for the purpose of having law enforcement assist her and Martin with moving their belongings from the house (the one they were burglarizing), and they were trying to get a ride to the airport, because they wanted to go to New York for the weekend," the Polk County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
"Deputies DID help them with their belongings, and DID give them a ride, but it wasn’t to the airport…it was to the Polk Pokey," the statement added. "And they are welcome to stay there all weekend long. The Polk Pokey is much better than New York anyway."
Police said that Martin was a suspect in a theft at a local Dollar General earlier in the day. Upon his arrest, Martin was charged with theft and two counts of burglary. Liz was charged with one count of burglary.
Martin later admitted to the crimes, but told police he needed the money and a warm place to stay.
"Post Miranda, Martin stated on a recorded statement he did commit the burglary at the Dollar General because he needed to get items to sell it to make money," an arrest affidavit said, WTVT-TV reported. "Martin stated he knew what he did was wrong, but needed the money. Martin stated he knew the residence was not his and did not have permission to be in, but had to get inside to get out of the cold."
In additional to their burglary charges, the couple is also facing drug charges.