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Suspected car thief captured in Walton County

Photo: Walton County Sheriff's Office

A manhunt for an accused car thief has ended in Walton County.

The Walton County Sheriff's Office says 31-year-old Eric Dewayne Russell was taken into custody in the area of Adams Drive and Wallace Road.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has been actively searching for Russell after he crashed a stolen truck and ran off on May 7 in Baker.

Deputies learned the truck was reported stolen out of Coffee County, Alabama.

Okaloosa authorities suspect Russell to be involved in several recent car thefts and burglaries in the Laurel Hill area.

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