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Lakeland couple arrested for squatting

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LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

A Lakeland couple has been arrested for squatting.

Polk deputies say 25 year-old Cherie Fields and 27-year-old Owen Fields filed for "adverse possession" of a home in the Imperial Lakes neighborhood.

On March 27th neighbors reported seeing moving trucks and a locksmith at the Echo Lane home. They contacted the owner of the property, who is living in California. Rebecca Skipper told investigators that the couple did not have her permission to be in her home.

Deputies say Cherie Fields is a school teacher at Fort Meade Middle School, and Owen Fields is a night auditor at a local motel.

They were arrested Wednesday night, and brought to the Polk County jail. They'll have their first court appearance Friday morning.

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