CRIME

Police: 2 Kentucky teen sweethearts who blazed trail of crime across South captured in Florida

  • In this photo provided by Tammy Martin taken in December 2014, her son Dalton Hayes poses in a room of his family's home in Leitchfield, Ky. Hayes, 18, and his 13-year-old girlfriend Cheyenne Phillips, who vanished nearly two weeks ago, are suspected in a multistate crime spree that have police desperately searching for the couple. Authorities believe the couple has traveled to South Carolina and Georgia. Along the way, they're suspected of stealing multiple vehicles and using stolen checks, law enforcement officials said. (AP Photo/Tammy Martin)

    In this photo provided by Tammy Martin taken in December 2014, her son Dalton Hayes poses in a room of his family's home in Leitchfield, Ky. Hayes, 18, and his 13-year-old girlfriend Cheyenne Phillips, who vanished nearly two weeks ago, are suspected in a multistate crime spree that have police desperately searching for the couple. Authorities believe the couple has traveled to South Carolina and Georgia. Along the way, they're suspected of stealing multiple vehicles and using stolen checks, law enforcement officials said. (AP Photo/Tammy Martin)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this December 2014 file photo provided by Tammy Martin, her son Dalton Hayes poses with his girlfriend Cheyenne Phillips at his family's home in Leitchfield, Ky. Kentucky authorities say two teenage sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the South have been apprehended in in Panama City Beach Florida early Sunday Jan. 18, 2015.  (AP Photo/Tammy Martin, FILE)

    FILE - In this December 2014 file photo provided by Tammy Martin, her son Dalton Hayes poses with his girlfriend Cheyenne Phillips at his family's home in Leitchfield, Ky. Kentucky authorities say two teenage sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the South have been apprehended in in Panama City Beach Florida early Sunday Jan. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Tammy Martin, FILE)  (The Associated Press)

Kentucky authorities say two teenage sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the South have been apprehended in Florida.

Grayson County Sheriff officials say in a statement that 18-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, were arrested without incident about 12:10 a.m. Sunday in Panama City Beach. The two had eluded police in multiple states while raising concern about their increasingly bold behavior.

Hayes and Phillips began their run from the law and their families earlier this month when they vanished from their small hometown in western Kentucky. Authorities believe their travels took them to South Carolina and Georgia.

The girl claimed she was 19. Hayes' mother said by the time her son realized she was only 13, he was in love.