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Teens elude police in cross-country US crime spree: officials

‘DANGEROUS’:Suspected in multiple car thefts and possibly armed, a pair of US teens sparked an intense search by law enforcement officials in several US states

AFP, WASHINGTON

Two US teens are on the run after they allegedly blazed a trail of crime across several states, stealing multiple cars and dashing from the police. Police in the southern state of Kentucky said on Friday that they are looking for 18-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, after they stole as many as three cars, some with firearms in them.

Phillips was reported missing on Jan. 3 by her father in Grayson, Kentucky, and was spotted with Hayes nine days later in a Walmart in Manning, South Carolina, about 750km away.

The Bonnie-and-Clyde-like duo left the scene in a stolen red 2006 Toyota Tacoma, which had a gun inside it when it was taken.

Police officials said they were next seen about 400km away in Henry County, Georgia, where they ditched the Tacoma and allegedly stole another car, which was carrying two handguns. It is not clear when they might have picked up a third car, but police officials said that they were suspects in three separate car thefts.

Hayes — more than five years older than Phillips — is also wanted for custodial interference. Officials said that the couple could be dangerous, adding that they were becoming more daring as they made their way across the nation.

“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. “Both have managed to flee police on at least two occasions and are certainly considered flight risks if stopped by anyone.”

Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins told reporters that a credible tip indicated that they were last spotted in Florida, and that people across the US had called in to help.

Some tipsters had called in from as far away as the west coast.

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