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Two runaway Grayson County teens located and taken into police custody in Florida

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Two Grayson County teens, accused in a multi-state crime spree, are finally in custody.

Police say Dalton Hayes, 18, and Cheyenne Phillips, 13, have been on the run for two weeks and were located early Sunday morning in Panama City, Florida. 

"I wasn't expecting it," Sherry Peters, Cheyenne Phillips mom said about learning her daughter was safe. "There was just so much taken off my chest and shoulders. I just wanted to go outside and jump."  

"I think it is the best possible outcome we could have out of this," said Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins. 

Chaffins says the two stole a truck in Georgia and it was spotted in Panama City. The teens were sleeping inside.

"They surrounded the vehicle and they came out and they were arrested with no one getting hurt, no one getting injured, and no one else's lives were in danger," Chaffins said. 

He tells WDRB News the teens will be extradited back to Kentucky -- where they'll likely face charges of burglary, criminal mischief and theft. Chaffins says Hayes also faces a custodial interference charge. 

While on the run, police say Hayes and Phillips were spotted in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The teens are suspected of stealing three cars and forging checks in four different states.

Plus -- there's the couple's age difference. 

"Depending on what their relationship was, that's something Dalton's going to have to answer for at some point," Chaffins said. 

The Sheriff says he talked to Hayes Sunday and he was shaken, upset and wanted to come home. 

Peters says she can't wait to see her daughter, even though the past two weeks have been filled with anxiety and stress.  

"I'm gunna be by her side. Anything she needs, I will help her," Peters said. 

The Sheriff says Phillips will be in the juvenile court system. 

She's in the custody of social services while Hayes is behind bars and scheduled to appear in court Monday. 

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