Manhunt on as teen 'Bonnie and Clyde' wanted for string of robberies, car thefts across Kentucky
By RYAN GORMAN
Two teens on the run from police are being called a modern day "Bonnie and Clyde" after a string of armed robberies across Kentucky.
Dalton Hayes, 18, and girlfriend Cheyenne Phillips, 13, were both reported missing on January 3, according to reports. They have since been named as the main suspects in the robberies and at least two car thefts.
The on-the-lam teens were reportedly last seen panhandling in Florida, according to Louisville Fox affiliate WDRB. Phillips is believed by her family to possibly be pregnant, they told the station.
The pair was also seen about 30 miles south of Atlanta in a stolen silver Toyota Tundra pickup truck, cops told NBC News.
The truck had two handguns, a .45-caliber and a .38-caliber, in the back seat. Authorities now consider them armed and dangerous.
"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.
The teens were spotted January 12 on security footage at a South Carolina Walmart, according to Fox News. They passed a bad check at the store.
The duo first disappeared earlier this month after stealing a neighbor's red Toyota pickup. That truck was also seen at the Walmart.
"We're hoping the two of them have enough sense not to do something with that gun and hoping it never comes to that," a local official told Louisville television station WAVE.
Hayes and Phillips, who claim on Facebook that they are "engaged," then ditched the red truck for the silver one they are accused of stealing.
Both are wanted for a number of robberies and the car thefts. Hayes is also being sought on a charge of custodial interference because he lured the 13-year-old Cheyenne, a minor, away from her parents, authorities said.
"The longer they're gone the worse the situation can become and we don't want it to get any worse than it is ... I'm just afraid that he's going to wind up getting her hurt and she's not going to return," Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins told Fox News.
The pair reportedly began dating only recently, and it is believed that Hayes did not initially know the young girl was only 13 -- her parents told WDRB she is a "notorious liar."
Hayes' mother told NBC News that her son texted her January 6.
"Mommy, don't worry. I'm fine, okay - plenty of money and food. Love you, good night, sweet dreams," he wrote.
She has not heard from him since.
The intense media coverage has led many to harass another Dalton Haynes, also from Grayson County, Kentucky, under the false assumption he is the wanted teen.
"I am not the Dalton Hayes that ran off with a 13 year old. I am the Dalton Hayes who has a job and a girlfriend that is about to turn 17. Thanks," the beleaguered boy wrote on his Facebook page.
The other Dalton Haynes did not respond to an AOL news request for comment about his ordeal.
The search for the Dalton Haynes who has a 13-year-old girlfriend remains ongoing.