Two teenagers who have blazed a trail of crime in the South were arrested Sunday morning in Panama City Beach, Florida, authorities said in a statement. US Marshal's Service and local police discovered 18-year-old Dalton Hayes and 13-year-old Cheyenne Phillips asleep in a 2011 Toyota Tundra that was stolen in Henry County, Georgia, Grayson County Sheriff officials said.
Authorities believe their travels took them to South Carolina and Georgia. Hayes' mother, Tammy Martin, had urged her son and his companion to surrender and "face the consequences." Martin said the couple had been dating for about three months. She said the girl portrayed herself as being 19, and the family, including Hayes, believed her.
Cheyenne "would go in and write checks, and she would come out with cigarettes and stuff, so I didn't have any reason not to believe she wasn't 19," Martin said. "Because normally you can't buy cigarettes when you're 13 years old.
By the time her son realized she was a mere 13, "he was already done in love with her," Martin said. Hayes been on the run from burglary and theft charges in Kentucky stemming from an arrest late last year, according to Grayson County court records.
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