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Police: US teen sweethearts who blazed trail of crime across South captured in Florida

Police: US teen sweethearts who blazed trail of crime across South captured in Florida

Two teenage Kentucky sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the U.S. South have been taken into custody in Florida, authorities said Sunday.

Eighteen-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, were arrested without incident about 12:10 a.m. Sunday in Panama City Beach, according to authorities in both states. The two had eluded police in multiple states while raising concern about their increasingly bold behavior.

"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."

Chaffins said the teens were getting by on some cash found in a truck stolen in Georgia.

Authorities said the U.S. Marshal's Service and Panama City Beach Police discovered Hayes and Phillips asleep in a 2001 Toyota Tundra that was stolen in Georgia. Officers surrounded the vehicle, and both Hayes and Phillips were taken into custody.

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