A 75-year-old West Virginia woman, accused of embezzling nearly $1 million and buying a house on Unquowa Road, found she could run but she couldn't hide.
Margaret Sue Beam, a gray-haired widow, was picked up by State Police on Wednesday morning at the $700,000-plus Fairfield home that police said she bought with the stolen money.
A few hours later, she was sitting handcuffed in a car between two burly West Virginia cops heading back to Boone County, W.Va.
West Virginia state police declined comment.
Authorities had been looking for Beam since 2010, according to court documents, but recently learned she was living in a two-story Colonial at 1160 Unquowa Road.
Police said that in February 2010 Beam convinced her elderly aunt, Georgia Older, to sign over power of attorney. Police said Beam later went to her aunt's bank and withdrew a total of $800,233 -- all of her aunt's life savings.
Investigators found Beam when she had the last of the money in the account sent to Fairfield.
Online data from the Fairfield Assessor Office show that Beam purchased the Unquowa Road house last September for $710,000. It is appraised at $675,500 and has an assessed value, for tax purposes, of $472,850.