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Aug102011

Dougherty Siblings' Colorado Spotting 'Appears to Be the Real Deal'

FBIBREAKING NEWS UPDATE: The three sibling fugitives were captured south of Pueblo, Colo., following a high speed chase, the FBI said Wednesday. 

(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- The Dougherty Gang, a stripper-turned alleged bank robber and her two heavily armed brothers on the run for more than a week, have been spotted in Colorado buying camping supplies, authorities said.

Lee Grace E. Dougherty, 29, her brother Ryan, 21, and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, were seen at an REI sporting goods store in Colorado Springs.  Employees there are certain the trio bought a tent on Tuesday afternoon.

The siblings have been on the lam since Aug. 2 when they allegedly shot at a Zephyrhills, Florida police officer and then allegedly robbed a bank in Georgia.

"This appears to be the real deal," FBI spokesman Dave Joly said on Tuesday. False sightings of the group have been reported in Tennessee.

Employees at the sporting goods store said the accused thieves did pay for the tent.

"While their direction of travel is unknown, the investigation suggests they may attempt to avoid detection by camping or staying in rural areas," Joly said.

The three individuals were last seen driving a white 4-door Subaru Impreza with Texas license plates LCS 909, which have been reported stolen out of Texas, Colorado Springs police said.

Police say the siblings are heavily armed and worry they'd rather die than be captured.  Those who know the trio share that fear.

"I don't think I'm ever going to see her again, " said Brendon Bookman, the fiance of Lee Grace Dougherty, who had been working part-time as a stripper.

"I've always been able to get her out of tight spots in the past, but I can't do anything about this.  There's no way I can help her now," Bookman said.

The baby brother of the siblings, Ryan Dougherty, is awaiting the birth of a son with his girlfriend.  Investigators think the impending birth might have sent him and his siblings over the edge.  Ryan Dougherty was forced to register as a sex offender after sending explicit text messages to an 11-year-old girl; he feared that his sex offender status would prevent him from seeing his as-yet-unborn child.

Ryan Dougherty's girlfriend recently updated her Facebook profile picture to include a picture of her with her now fugitive lover.

Over the weekend she wrote, "I know y u did what did but buddy ur supposed to be there when I deliver."

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