Manhunt over in northwest Alabama, burglary suspect captured

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Dustin Bowling

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A manhunt in northwest Alabama is over after a burglary suspect was taken into custody in Muscle Shoals Monday afternoon.

Multiple federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies were searching for 34-year-old Dustin Bowling. He is wanted for multiple thefts and burglaries which span two states.

“As far as our department goes, I’ve allotted every resource I can at this point to actually try and locate him,” stated Lt. Brad Potts.

Bowling was taken into custody Monday after a foot chase with deputies.

For two weeks, the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department has been trying to locate Bowling. He’s believed to be behind a string of residential burglaries across northwest Alabama and southern Tennessee.

Potts said Bowling burglarized another home near Rogersville on Saturday and was almost apprehended later in the day in Franklin County.

“He was attempted to stop in Russellville Saturday afternoon, and actually stopped the vehicle, got out on foot and ran. We were unable to apprehend him at that time,” Potts explained.

But Russellville police did locate several stolen items out of the vehicle Bowling left behind.

Potts was worried Bowling would get desperate while on the run.

“He has stolen numerous firearms from different residences,” said Potts. “We have not had any physical confrontations with him yet, but I would consider him to be armed and dangerous at this point.”

Potts said Bowling faces more than 50-charges in Lauderdale County alone, and they were just hoping to catch him before someone gets hurt.