Details emerge from teens’ alleged crime spree

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Court Appearance Scheduled For Teen Suspected In Southern Crime Spree.

PANAMA CITY (CBSMiami/AP) — There’s a court appearance scheduled Monday for one of two teenage sweethearts from Kentucky suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks around the South. Dalton Hayes, 19, and Cheyenne Phillips, 13, spent two weeks on the run during which they are accused of trashing cattle farms, repeatedly cashing stolen cheques and pinching cars Two lovestruck teenagers’ modern day ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ adventure across America has ended after their crime spree took them rampaging across six states.

Eighteen-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, were arrested without incident before dawn Sunday in Panama City Beach, according to authorities. The two had eluded police in several states while raising alarm. “I spoke to Dalton and he was very scared, and he wanted to come home,” said Norman Chaffins, the sheriff of Grayson County, Kentucky, where the teens live. “He wanted me to come bring him home.” On Monday, Hayes was scheduled to make an 8:30 a.m. court appearance via video hookup, according to the Bay County jail records in the Panama City area. The seemingly-smitten pair fled when Hayes’s mother, Tammy Martin, discovered that her son’s girlfriend was not in fact 19-years-old, but six years younger. Dalton and Cheyenne vanished on January 4, and a week later they allegedly stole a truck which they drove through a Kentucky cattle farm, smashing into a fence, and leaving behind just the $7,500 damaged vehicle in the woods. Dalton and his girlfriend were captured on CCTV, apparently happy and smiling together, when they allegedly used stolen checks to get cash back from superstore Walmart in South Carolina.

In Kentucky, the two teens will face charges including burglary, theft, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief, Chaffins told The Associated Press. Both the teenagers’ mums issued nationwide TV appeals for their safe return, and Tammy Martin said her son had admitted he loved Cheyenne and had bought an engagement ring – despite her being just 13.

The Greyson County Sheriff’s office said: “The vehicle was surrounded by law enforcement and both Hayes and Phillips were taken into custody without further incident.” Detectives will quiz them over two ‘auto thefts’, while Dalton is also wanted on charges of custodial interference for luring Cheyenne away from home. Their alleged spree, which has kept TV-watching open-mouthed for the last fortnight, drew comparisons with outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, who carried out robberies at banks and petrol stations across the US in the 1930s. In this month’s bizarre real-life scenes, after stealing the first truck in Kentucky, from Jim and his wife Kathy McGrew returned to their home in Grayson County from church, the husband went up in his plane to hunt the suspected culprits down. Cheyenne “would go in and write checks, and she would come out with cigarettes and stuff, so I didn’t have any reason not to believe she wasn’t 19,” Martin said. Authorities believe they then headed to Georgia and stole a pickup truck from the driveway of a man’s home in Henry County, about 30 miles southeast of Atlanta.

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