They thought of themselves as a modern-day Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the couple immortalized in the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde.
Authorities quote them as saying that given the chance, they would have shot it out with police.
It's tough talk, and an obvious reference to the final showdown in Bonnie and Clyde.
But McCluskey's actual capture was far from cinematic. Police say he was resting on a sleeping bag when they nabbed him!
And as for McCluskey's better half, she was quickly disarmed while reaching for a gun at the small of her back!
Parker and Barrow went down in a hail of bullets, both in real life and in the film based on their story. But not a single shot was fired in the arrests of McCluskey and Welch, who is also his cousin.
Hollywood has taken a lot of liberties in telling the story of Bonnie and Clyde. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway portrayed them in the unforgettable movie.
But the reality is far different
"Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker weren't nearly as glamorous as they were portrayed onscreen. Life on the run is never glamorous; as you can imagine, you're always looking over your shoulder," says investigative reporter Michelle Sigona.
Before their arrest, McCluskey and Welch had evaded capture in at least six different states.