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Police catch man wanted in burglaries

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville man wanted in connection with more than 20 burglaries in northeast Georgia led Hall County officials on an all-day manhunt Monday, before finally being captured in Gwinnett.

The Hall County Sheriff's Office reported coming into contact with the long-haired, heavily tattooed Russell Allan Owen at approximately 10 a.m. Monday, spotting him driving a U-Haul truck near the border between Hall and Jackson Counties.

Owen -- from whom officers have since recovered approximately $100,000 worth of stolen property -- fled in the truck before abandoning it and fleeing on foot, officials reported. Hall County K-9 units teamed up with a Georgia State Patrol helicopter to hunt for Owen before a neighbor spotted him attempting to break into a home and then fleeing into the woods on Benefield Road at around 12:30 p.m.

Owen was then able to steal a vehicle from a business on Winder Highway and escape into Gwinnett County undetected, the Hall County Sheriff's Office said.

Gwinnett County Police were able to locate Owen at approximately 6 p.m., detaining him after he briefly fled again on foot.

Owen had been wanted in connection with burglaries in Gwinnett, Hall, White, Lumpkin, Union and Dawson Counties, as well as in a pair of Kentucky counties, officials said.

He is being held at Gwinnett County Jail without bond.