An 18-year-old Kentucky man and his 13-year-old girlfriend are believed to be on a Bonnie-and-Clyde-esque crime spree across the South. Authorities said the suspects, who have been missing for 12 years, are believed to have stolen at least two vehicles, one of them containing an assortment of firearms.
The sheriff’s office identified the man and woman as Dalton Hayes and his girlfriend Cheyenne Phillips, who was reported missing by her father. The two were caught on the security video of a South Carolina Walmart allegedly stealing a red Toyota pickup truck. The video of the incident, discovered nine days later, also showed them entering the store.
“It is imperative that these two be located and apprehended as their behavior is becoming increasingly brazen and dangerous,” the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
They apparently ditched the truck Thursday in Henry County, Georgia, south of Atlanta, and are believed to have stolen a silver Toyota Tundra — which Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins said had .45- and .38-caliber handguns in the back seat.
Chaffins said that both are suspects in at least the two auto thefts and that Hayes is also wanted on charges of custodial interference — that is, luring Cheyenne, a minor, away from her legal guardians.
“We’re hoping the two of them have enough sense not to do something with that gun and hoping it never comes to that,” Chaffins told NBC station WAVE of Louisville.
Tammy Martin, Hayes’s mother, told authorities her son had only recently started dating Cheyenne without mentioning to her that she was 13. Before he disappeared, Hayes sent her a reassuring text.
“Whatever it is, it can be worked through,” Chaffins said. “That’s what we want to tell these young people — we want them to come home.”