In "The Outsiders", how did Dally help divert the police in their search for Johnny and Ponyboy?

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After Johnny kills Bob Sheldon in self-defense, he and Ponyboy seek Dally's advice and help. Dally ends up giving the boys money, a weapon, clothes, and directions to an abandoned church in Windrixville, where they can hide out. Dally is a notorious criminal in town and is immediately questioned by the police about Bob Sheldon's death and the boys' whereabouts. When Dally visits Johnny and Ponyboy in Windrixville to update them on the situation back home, he elaborates on how he helped divert the police. Dally tells the boys that when he was taken to the police station, he kind of let it slip that they were headed for Texas. Dally also parked Buck's T-Bird down the street to make it seem like Johnny and Ponyboy stole the car to drive to Texas. Despite the fact that Dally is lying to the police and aiding individuals on the run, he is portrayed as a loyal, gallant friend, who is willing to risk his freedom to help Ponyboy and Johnny.

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As the town's resident troublemaker, Dallas naturally got called down to the police station once the police discovered Bob. Luckily, he was at Buck's house that night, so his alibi checked out.

When the police asked Dally about Johnny and Soda's whereabouts, he told them that they were headed for Texas. Five days after the incident with Bob, Dally comes to visit the boys at the abandoned church in Windrixville, he tells them:

"The fuzz won't e lookin' for you around here. They think you've lit out for texas."

Seeing as how the police weren't looking for them in Windrixville, they figured it was okay that they leave their hideout at the church and go out for a real meal at the Dairy Queen.

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Dally told the police they headed for Texas so the went to look there instead of the Church.

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