Wanted teen agrees to return to home state of Kentucky

An 18-year-old suspected of committing a string of crimes with his 13-year-old girlfriend is returning to his home state of Kentucky to face charges.

Dalton Hayes and his girlfriend Cheyenne Phillips were arrested early Sunday in Panama City Beach after being found sleeping in a stolen vehicle.

During an early Monday morning court appearance, Hayes agreed to return to Kentucky instead of going through a formal extradition process.

“I’ll sign the papers so I can go back to Kentucky,” Hayes said during the brief proceeding held via a video link-up between the Bay County Jail and the Bay County Courthouse.

Authorities say Hayes is expected to be charged with burglary, theft, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.

Phillips will face charges in juvenile court because she is a minor.

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