Friday, January 16, 2015
Teenage Bonnie And Clyde Suspected In Crime Spree Across Several States
Two Kentucky teenagers, Dalton Hayes 18, and Cheyenne Phillips 13, are suspected in a multi-state crime spree that has police desperately searching for them since they vanished nearly two weeks ago from their hometown. Hayes' mother said the girl had portrayed herself as being 19 years old, and urged the young couple - who had been dating for about three months - to turn themselves in and "face the consequences."
Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins said that after the couple disappeared Jan. 3, authorities believe they have traveled to South Carolina and Georgia. Along the way, they're suspected of stealing multiple vehicles and using stolen checks, law enforcement officials said.
Chaffins said the couple's behavior is "becoming increasingly brazen and dangerous," and he said they had evaded law enforcement twice. The sheriff said he believes Hayes is calling the shots as the teens try to stay ahead of the law.
The two were spotted Monday at a Wal-Mart in South Carolina. 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. The homeowner awoke Wednesday morning to find his Toyota Tundra was gone, along with two handguns he kept stashed inside the vehicle, Henry County police Lt. Joey Smith said Friday.
Hours later, another truck the couple is suspected of having stolen in another state was found nearby. It had crashed through a fence and left behind a vacant building on neighboring property, Smith said.
"We would assume that our stolen vehicle may be occupied by this same couple," Smith said. "We don't have any direct knowledge that it is them."
The owner of the truck stolen in Georgia told police he kept a Glock semi-automatic handgun and a .38-caliber revolver inside the vehicle. They were reported stolen along with the truck.
Smith said police were checking surveillance video from nearby convenience stores to see if they could find any further evidence connecting the Kentucky couple to the truck theft.
Chaffins said anyone who spots the couple should call 911. The situation is getting more serious as more time passes, he said.
"This is not a game to us," Chaffins said. "Our biggest fear is that Dalton is not going to stop for the police, he's going to run every time they approach him and they get in a pursuit. When a pursuit starts and somebody is not going to stop, the outcome is usually not a good one."
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