Modern Teenage Bonnie and Clyde Arrested

A teen couple being compared to Bonnie and Clyde have been arrested after two weeks on the run, following a series of car and gun thefts.

Dalton Hayes, 18, and Cheynne Phillips, 13, were arrested Sunday morning in Panama City Beach, Florida according to authorities.

The couple is suspected of stealing three cars in various states stretching from Kentucky to Georgia. Two of the cars contained guns inside. Hayes is also wanted on charges of custodial interference for enticing Phillips to leave home.

Panama City Beach police found the pair asleep in a Toyota Tundra they stole in Georgia, according to a Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post. Local authorities were acting on a tip from the U.S. Marshals Service, who had been looking for the teens after the truck was seen in a Kirkland’s parking lot.

“The vehicle was surrounded by law enforcement, and both Hayes and Phillips were taken into custody without further incident,” the sheriff’s office said. The statement also noted that “throughout the multi-state hunt for them, no civilian was injured, neither one of them were injured and no police officer was injured.”

Hayes was taken to Bay County Jail, while Phillips was placed in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families, according to NBC.

Phillips’ father reported her missing from her Clarkson, Kentucky home on January 3. Hayes’ family told police they last heard from him via text message on January 6.

The couple reportedly stole a truck in Clarkson from a garage; they sped down the road, crashed the vehicle into a fence, and fled on foot—causing $7,100 in damage. One hour later, they stole a Toyota Tacoma with a firearm inside; the truck was recovered in Henry County, Georgia.

Last week the couple was seen on security camera tape at a Walmart store in Manning, South Carolina, according to authorities. A Toyota Tundra was reported stolen from the area shortly after. That vehicle had two handguns inside.

Hayes’ mother, Tammy Martin, said the two had been dating for around three months; she believed Phillips was 19. It is unclear if Phillips’ parents knew Hayes was 18.

As of Monday afternoon, Hayes agreed to sign paperwork waiving extradition proceedings; he will face criminal charges in Kentucky.


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