Cops: 'Bonnie and Clyde' Teens on Crime Binge

Dalton Hayes, 18, and 13-year-old girlfriend Cheyenne Phillips of Ky. on the run
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2015 9:07 AM CST
Cops: 'Bonnie and Clyde' Teens on Crime Binge
Dalton Hayes, left, and Cheyenne Phillips have been on the run for nearly two weeks.   (Grayson County Sheriff's Office)

A Kentucky man and his 13-year-old girlfriend have been missing for nearly two weeks, during which they've reportedly launched what NBC News calls a "Bonnie-and-Clyde-style crime spree across the South." Since Cheyenne Phillips was reported missing Jan. 3, she and Dalton Hayes, 18, have allegedly stolen a Toyota pickup with a gun inside and later a silver Toyota Tundra with two guns, as well as used stolen checks at a South Carolina Walmart, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. They also reportedly caused thousands of dollars in damage to a cattle farm they drove through, ABC News notes. "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.

Meanwhile, Sherry Peters, Cheyenne's mother, told WDRB Wednesday she got a text from her daughter Jan. 5 asking for $100 that said, "We're just going to run." The station says the girl's parents believe she may have initially told Hayes she was 19; Hayes' mom told reporters Wednesday that she and Hayes hadn't known Cheyenne was only 13 until recently, WAVE reports. Hayes, for his part, sent a Jan. 6 text to his mom that read, "Mommy, don't worry. I'm fine, okay—plenty of money and food. Love you, good night, sweet dreams." According to court records, Hayes is facing outstanding burglary and theft charges; Peters says he had been scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 5. Martin sends a message to her son via WAVE: "You need to step up and take consequences of what you done and come home before someone is really, really hurt." (In real Bonnie and Clyde news, the pair's guns sold for big bucks in 2012.)

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