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Thomas County fugitive located, taken into custody

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Published: Jan. 12, 2017 at 2:23 PM EST
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

January 17, 2017

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- A Georgia fugitive is now in custody.

Justin Burton had been on the run since last Thursday, wanted for burglary and theft.

Thomas County authorities confirm that the search for Burton ended Tuesday around noon at a mobile home on Phillips Lane in Thomasville.

Authorities surrounded the home and took Burton into custody.

Investigators say Burton is facing charges in three counties.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

January 13, 2017

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Authorities in South Georgia have suspended their active search for the suspect involved in a recent burglary, after he eluded law enforcement officials twice.

The Thomas County Sheriff's Office says Justin Burton was spotted at the scene of a burglary in Grady County on Wednesday.

Thomas County deputies engaged in a short high-speed chase with Burton, but he was able to exit his vehicle and escape on foot.

On Thursday, a Georgia State Patrol helicopter scanned a nearby wooded area with a heat sensitive tracking device.

Authorities are ending the active manhunt, but they are continuing to investigate the case and are asking for anyone with information on Burton to contact the Thomas County Sheriff's Office.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

January 12, 2017

THOMASVILLE, GA (WCTV) -- Authorities in South Georgia are searching for the suspect in a recent burglary after he's eluded law enforcement officials twice.

Thomas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tim Watkins says Justin Burton was spotted at the scene of a burglary in Grady County on Wednesday.

When investigators tried to stop him, he got away after a short high-speed chase.

TCSO says a Thomas County deputy saw Burton at a convenience store, pulled behind him and performed a PIT maneuver before Burton lost control of his vehicle and was able to escape on foot.

A Georgia State Patrol helicopter has been scanning a nearby wooded area with a heat sensitive tracking device.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on Burton to contact the Thomas County Sheriff's Office.

WCTV will update this story as more details become available.